Recalling experiences as a reporter assigned to cover the 1970 Jordanian civil conflict dubbed Black September, and the Yom Kippur War that began in October 1973, Hampton not only presents a clear summary of the issues that provoked each outbreak of violence but also provides both personal slant and a sense of immediacy to his account of events. Although not as broadly focused history, it serves as supplementary reading to the likes of Richard Worth's Arab-Israeli Conflict (2006). Hampton's memories of being trapped in the heavily shelled city of Amman, and later of venturing into the Sinai and Golan Heights, will give students an idea of the sights, sounds, smells, and general climate of danger, as well as his struggles as a journalist with censors and other officials to get the story out. Photos are scattered throughout, and a brief bibliography of adult books rounds out the work. Peters, John
About the Author
Wilborn Hampton is the author of KENNEDY ASSASSINATED!, MELTDOWN, and SEPTEMBER 11, 2001. He began working as a reporter at U.P.I. in 1963 and has more recently worked as an editor and critic at the NEW YORK TIMES. He lives in New York.