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Life in the Wrong Lane Paperback – August 18, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (August 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440152764
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440152764
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,976,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Brent Green on September 11, 2009
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For many years I have had the privilege of watching parts of this book unfold as Greg Dobbs dispatched his personal reports of worldwide travels to family and friends, sharing remarkable stories behind the stories he was covering. Some of these reports were written close to the bone as Greg returned from distant locations, often exhausted, with details and back-story vivid in his mind. As I read his harrowing chronicles of a reporter covering Hurricane Katrina, cocaine trafficking in Columbia and bewildering third-world inconveniences of Russia today, I realized how little I understood about the enormous responsibilities and challenges of a heretofore romantic and mysterious profession known as "foreign correspondent."

These are stories of a special breed of men and women who lunge into the middle of major news unfolding, often risking personal security and safety in their quest for truthful witness and reporting of major events shaping our lives. These are stories of fortitude, daring, irony, inconvenience, risk, exhilaration and unlimited curiosity. These are stories that provide surprising and entertaining insights into the operations and demands of modern news media, a true and unvarnished presentation of how "freedom of the press" finds contemporary realization with instantaneous, satellite- and internet-delivered, 24/7/365 electronic news coverage.

This finely written book not only presents the craft of a seasoned writer and journalist, making it an inspiring and fun-to-read page-turner, it also provides an insider's glimpse into what it really takes to be a world-class journalist -- the personal qualities that go beyond mere skill at gathering information, interviewing, assembling, editing and delivering the news before a camera. Greg Dobbs' accounts demonstrate raw ingredients of success, not only in journalism, but in all professional endeavors, qualities such as tenacity, risk-taking and finely honed competitive instincts.
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I've read books writen by reporters before and was not pleased with the way they write. The facts and only the facts. Greg Dobbs actually has a talent for writing. He tells about his experiences and draws the reader in. He not only has had an extremely interesting, dangerous life, he is a talented orator as well. He came to our book club to speak, everyone in the room was fascinated by him. Not only can he report, write and speak well, his voice is definitely one of a newscaster. On top of all that, he's been married to the same woman for 33 years, has two grown sons, one grandson and seems to be an everyday guy. Simply put, very brave, and amazingly down to earth person.
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I should begin my letting you know that Greg Dobbs is a friend of mine. We got acquainted working together during the twenty years I was a videotape editor at ABC News. I am not writing this just to plug a friendl's work, however (I have other friends who have written books, but have never reviewed them). It just occurred to me that since I know the world Greg is writing about, my comments might in fact be helpful. This is, quite simply, the best book I have read as far as giving a feeling for what is is like to work in network news. It is not, as Greg admits, a book of historical insights into great events. It is a personal account of his adventures, a collection of the kind of stories we tell each other over drinks at the end of the day. He conveys the excitement of a job in which you don't know, when you wake up, where you will be at the end of the day, a job in which everywhere you go there is at least the possibility that something of national interest is going on. He conveys the wackiness that often results from these assignments, and the frustration when you knock yourself out to get a story, only to have it bumped from the show from lack of time. Greg is a very funny guy who usually keeps his sense of humor out of his work. Here he relaxes and has come up with a book that is a fast, funny read. If you are interested in what it is like to be a foreign correspondent or work for network news, this book captures the flavor of that experience better than any other book I know.
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As I read Greg's book, I could almost hear him sitting in the same room, telling me his stories. Crisp, clear, conversational writing brings his real-life adventures to life. His writing makes history interesting, makes it feel spontaneous, and infuses it with humanity. I love his sideway glances at journalism as a profession as he hurries toward the next story. Along the way he validates the vocation's worth and underscores why journalists of his stature are among a society's most important eyes and ears.
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Greg Dobbs has been a highly respected television network correspondent - first with ABC News and now with HDNet's World Report - for nearly three decades. From royal weddings and shuttle launches to wars, epidemics and elections, he has covered nearly every major world story in recent history. His new book, "Life in the Wrong Lane," delivers a rare, unvarnished, poignant and often humorous inside look at the life of a TV journalist. He takes us there to explain what it is like to cover and report the news, often under challenging and emotional circumstances. A natural storyteller, Dobbs has been writing about the behind-the-scenes and very human perspective of reporting news from far-flung locations for years and sharing some with his wide universe of family and friends via e-mail. "Life in the Wrong Lane" is a compelling and honest journal by a man who has dedicated his life to the highest standards of journalism.
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