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The Journalist: Life and Loss in America's Secret War Paperback – Illustrated, August 11, 2020
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Winner of a Forward Book of the Year Award
"A thoughtful, revealing look at the early years of the war in Vietnam from one of the first reporters to cover it. This book sits well alongside The Mark, Street Without Joy, and other essential frontline reports. Readers will feel as if they’ve been in the firefights Rose describes, an immediacy both thrilling and frightening." ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review "Passionate and gripping, The Journalist is the story of Jerry Rose, an acclaimed American journalist who gave his life to tell the hidden truth about the US’s involvement in the bloody, divisive Vietnam War. Profound, disturbing, and humane, The Journalist illuminates the Vietnam War in the words of a courageous, gifted man who dedicated his life to telling the truth, no matter what it cost him." ―Foreword Reviews "Jerry Rose, as a young journalist in Vietnam in the early 1960s, was an intimate witness to the beginnings of the tragedy that became America’s Vietnam War. This riveting memoir is a chronicle of ambition, war, love, and loss." ―Judy Bernstein, author of They Poured Fire on Us and Disturbed in Their Nests "Fischer's writing style gripped me from her very first words and carried me along a page-turning journey. I held my breath until the end. This is a do-not-miss piece of literary gold. An instant classic." ―Marni Freedman, founder of the San Diego Writers Festival, and author of Permission to Roar "Destined to be a Blockbuster. I have no doubt that in a few year's time, we will see Jerry's life on the big screen. It's that good." ―Carlos de los Rios, screenwriter and producer of Diablo and The Da Vinci Treasure "I am astonished by Jerry's story of courage and truth-telling, but even more so by his sister and author Lucy Rose Fischer, who is able to bring his story to life long after his death, in a fascinating read that keeps you turning the pages until the very end." ―Elizabeth Eshoo, author of Masai in the Mirror, Winds of Kilimanjaro, In Shaking the Tree, and II and III
About the Author
Lucy Rose Fischer, an award-winning Minnesota author, artist, and social scientist, is the author of five previous books: Linked Lives: Adult Daughters and Their Mothers (Harper and Row, 1986, translated into German); Older Minnesotans (Wilder Foundation, 1989); Older Volunteers (Sage, 1993, NSFRE Research Prize); I’m New at Being Old (Temuna Press, 2010, Independent Publishers Gold Award and Midwest Book Award); and Grow Old With Me (Temuna Press, 2019), as well as more than 100 professional research articles. She has a PhD in sociology and an MA in Asian Studies. She currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
- Publisher : SparkPress; Illustrated edition (August 11, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1684630657
- ISBN-13 : 978-1684630653
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #785,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jerry comes across as amiable and admirable, someone I wish I had known as a colleague and friend. He is high-minded and thoughtful and committed to a vision of the future of Vietnam he absorbed from close Vietnamese friends—yet also prescient about the dangers of a US build-up of troops in Vietnam just as American involvement there was starting to expand. He recognizes and predicts the pitfalls our US military and political leadership failed to see—despite the prominence of his articles in Time, the Saturday Evening Post, and elsewhere. He takes risks to get on-the-ground reporting in remote places, so committed that he missed the births of both his children in Hong Kong, and even briefly joins the Saigon government as an adviser, hoping to be part of the solution. A plane crash in 1965 cut short his life and robbed his family and the world of a brilliant mind.
As a writer, I am in awe of how Jerry Rose's strong, lilting prose comes through—decades after his death—mixed seamlessly with that of his sister, who resurrected his story from journals and letters and articles he wrote. Melding the two voices and selecting the details most relevant to readers today in a way that makes sense to us in 2020 is extremely hard to do, and Lucy Rose Fischer has achieved it. A masterpiece!
The Novel Shares a War Journalist's Life. We often forget the roles that journalists have played in sharing and exposing events and details of wars and conflicts around the world. This novel chronicles the passion and desire that drove Jerry A. Rose to investigate the Vietnam War. The personal insights into the journalist and his personal/professional life bring a unique perspective to the realities of war--and the often-overlooked casualties.
Would I Recommend The Journalist: Life and Loss in America's Secret War by Jerry A. Rose and Lucy Rose Fischer? I love memoirs--and, over the past year, I have read several books focused on accounts of the Vietnam War. I loved the way that Lucy Rose Fischer shared her brother's story and reflected on the life and loss of her brother and a reporter with an award-winning eye for stories. If you enjoy memoirs and have an interest in accounts of the Vietnam War--I think this book should undoubtedly be on your reading list.
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