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Barrel of a Gun: A War Correspondent's Misspent Moments in Combat

Barrel of a Gun: A War Correspondent's Misspent Moments in Combat
Autor: Al J. Venter
Data publikacji: 2010-07-00
ISBN: 9781935149255
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 228 x 156 mm
Oprawa: twarda
Liczba stron: 352
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An unparalleled access point to the world of the mercenary

Anybody who says that the pen is mightier than the sword hasn't spent time in Somalia, or in Beirut during its bloody heyday. So begins this fascinating memoir of a journalist, filmmaker, and just plain raconteur who has made a career of examining warfaren the ground and as the bullets are flying. While the average citizen is aware of violent conflicts broiling all around the globe, Al J. Venterrom some strange compulsion unexplainable even by him as felt the need to see them all in person, preferably at the centre of the action.

Born in South Africa, Venter has found no shortage of horrific battles on his own continent, from Rhodesia to Biafra, and Angola to Somalia. He has ridden with the legendary mercenary group Executive Outcomes, flown with the Selous Scouts on their county hunts, and traipsed the jungles with both guerrillas and national troops under whichever strongman in the country then held power. During Sierra Leone civil war he flew in the government lone Mi-24 Hind gunship as it blasted apart rebel villages and convoys, his complaint being that the Soviet-made craft leaked when it rained. In the Middle-east he went into southern Lebanon with the invading Israeli army, and at one point was held prisoner by Hezbollah. Venter never lost his lust for action, even as he sometimes had to put down his camera or notebook to pick up an AK-47.

In his journeys, Venter associated with an array of similarly daring soldiers and journalists, from ad Mike Hoare to Danny Pearl, as well as elite soldiers from around the world, many of whom, he sadly relates, never emerged from the war zones they entered. The creator of countless documentaries and books, from warfare to shark diving to nuclear proliferation, Al Venter has here offered the reader his own personal combat experiences, in all their multifaceted fascination.

About the authorAl J. Venter is a documentary filmmaker and war correspondent who has spent nearly thirty years in Africa and the Middle East. He has written more than forty books and was also a correspondent for Jane International Defence Review.

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