- File Size: 3387 KB
- Print Length: 340 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0244988129
- Publisher: Reportage Press; 2 edition (June 12, 2016)
- Publication Date: June 12, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01H0C3SOU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #845,733 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Red Zone: Five Bloody Years in Baghdad (Blood and Treasure Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Poole, wisely, doesn’t try to establish an overall theme. Rather “the story of Baghdad” is told in pieces: The heroism and attitude of the soldiers, the suffering of the innocent, the power politics in Iraqi and elsewhere, and in his own story in what it took to “gather the news.”
As one would expect from a journalist attached to a major newspaper, Poole’s writing is clear, informative, and objective. Despite there being many aspects to the storyline, the narrative is straight-forward. Red zone is quite graphic in places, but that is the reality of war. Poole does not sensationalize the horrors of war, but neither does he sugar-coat the carnage.
Iraq was, and remains, a dangerous place for journalists. Part of the proceeds from the sale of Red Zone, goes to PEN an organization devoted to protecting freedom of the press. For his decency in forgoing “maximum profit” to support journalistic freedom, his unique view as a British journalist, and for his clear writing, Poole deserves five stars for Red Zone
The title is accurate enough, but the book describes bloody and less bloody periods, and takes the reader all around Iraq, to neighboring countries, and to England. We see the war from the perspective of journalists, soldiers, and Iraqis from all sorts of backgrounds. We gain a better understanding of five years' worth of headlines as major events are incorporated in a tale of social changes and the experiences of individual characters.
Truly a brilliantly done book by a long-time reporter for the British newspaper, the Telegraph. Sadly, the Telegraph got a new editor and began insisting on pro-war propaganda. And sadly for us if not him, Poole settled down in England and started a family. So, the war goes on, short one reporter. And it didn't have many to spare.