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In the Hot Zone: One Man, One Year, Twenty Wars Paperback – October 16, 2007
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About the Author
Kevin Sites has spent more than a decade covering wars and conflicts for ABC, NBC, CNN, Yahoo! News, and Vice magazine. He is the author of In the Hot Zone: One Man, One Year, Twenty Wars and The Things They Cannot Say: Stories Soldiers Won't Tell You About What They've Seen, Done or Failed to Do in War. He is also an associate professor of journalism at the University of Hong Kong.
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Top Customer Reviews
I have copious notes that I provide below, but up front want to mention that the books comes with a DVD that is SENSATIONAL. The author is not just a gifted writer and observer of the human condition, but also a gifted photographer and cinematographer and his work is shown off to great advantage by Peripetela Pictures in "A World of Conflict: a play." In 24 chapters, one gets a mix of superb video on each of about 20 "hot zones" and also two "mellow" zones: Kurdistan at peace, and Iran with a huge middle class that disagrees with its government's radical posture. The video helps make clear the author's point that broadcast television is not doing the greatest job in showing complex situations. The film ends with a dedication to the tens of millions of innocent victims.
This book, which is vastly more detailed than the video, but best enjoyed AFTER watching the video, is completely different from Pelton's encyclopedic work, and ends with a tour of "Third WOrld America."
I warmed to the author and his work very quickly as I read his superb and consistently ethical discussion and illustration of complex ethical challenges that we all too often avoid through self-censorship, not trusting the US public to "get it.Read more ›
Sites manages to catch the devastation and horrors that these unlikely war "heroes" have experienced. The added DVD that contains his own video footage to follow with each biography helps the stories really hit home. I wasn't sure what to expect and found myself crying and cheering on the heroes as their stories were revealed.
A once-in-a-lifetime read that you cannot possibly skip and is impossible to surpass. These untold war stories will keep you reading until the very end. For those of us who don't follow the political side of war, but are drawn to the humanitarian side this book marries the two in a very real and moving way.
America is full of pundits who think they can make big statements about wars and humanitarian crises that they have not seen in person and about which they've only heard propaganda. Kevin Sites and other courageous old-school journalists like him have really been on the front lines. Too bad the mass media is too yellow to give them the airtime that they, and their subjects, deserve. [~doomsdayer520~]
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Kevin is honest about his ongoing conflict between doing the 'right/moral' thing and the 'easy' thing. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Katy
Fascinating, eye opening, sometimes edge-of-your seat. Anyone interested in what global geopolitics looks like 'on the ground' should read this book.Published 23 months ago by Lucas Moore
this book is soooo authentic.
this man proves audacity and for me he stays in a natural distance. Read more
I had never heard of Kevin Sites before downloading his book. I bought it because of the title. It was intriguing and I thought it might be interesting. Read morePublished on January 26, 2013 by Kug
Short and well written book about wars around the world. It describes all the ethical challenges journalists face while reporting about conflicts. Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by THTK
This is an outstanding work by Kevin Sites. In writing this book he traveled to all of the major countries currently in conflict and reported on the impact of that conflict on the... Read morePublished on August 9, 2010 by ROYMAC
This is an excellent book that deserves to be read by a very wide audience. Sites was a freelance war correspondent for NBC News in Iraq when his controversial story concerning a... Read morePublished on December 9, 2009 by Carol Lilly
Sites is right that Americans don't know much about the world they live in. He takes us to third world nations where conflicts rage and people die of war and hunger. Read morePublished on November 19, 2009 by Kevin M Quigg