Live from the Battlefield; From Vietnam to Baghdad. 35 Years in the World's War Zones
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994. First Printing. Hardcover. 25 cm, 463,  pages. Illustrations. Index. DJ has slight wear and soiling. Nice, long inscription by the author on fep. to Kimberly Lenz, perhaps the educator and human rights activist and Amnesty International volunteer. The author has won the Pulitzer Prize, the George Polk Memorial Award, and at least three Sigma Delta Chi awards. Peter Gregg Arnett, ONZM (born 13 November 1934) is a New Zealand-born journalist holding both New Zealand and US citizenship. Arnett worked for National Geographic magazine, and later for various television networks, most notably CNN. He is known for his coverage the Vietnam War and the Gulf War. He was awarded the 1966 Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting for his work in Vietnam from 1962 to 1975, mostly reporting for the Associated Press. CNN CNN sent Arnett to Baghdad because of his experience in covering military conflicts. Arnett was part of the live coverage beginning on January 17th, 1991, the start of the Gulf War air campaign, where he and colleagues Bernard Shaw and John Holliman kept broadcasting from their Al-Rasheed Hotel room amid extensive aerial bombing by the Western Coalition forces. In 1994, Arnett's book Live from the Battlefield: From Vietnam to Baghdad, 35 Years in the World's War Zones was published. In March 1997, Arnett interviewed Osama bin Laden. The journalism school at the Southern Institute of Technology that was named after him closed in 2015. He retired as a field reporter in 2007. He now lives in Los Angeles and teaches journalism at Shantou University in China. Derived from a Kirkus review: A renowned newsman's absorbing, anecdotal account of his experiences as a foreign correspondent. Here he focuses on his lengthy stint with the AP in Southeast Asia's combat zones, as well as on his more visible sojourn as CNN's man in Baghdad at the height of Desert Storm. The New Zealand-born author, 59, was first assigned to Vietnam in mid-1962. His front-line reportage on America's involvement there often infuriated the US military and their Washington masters, earned him a Pulitzer--and the respect of his professional peers (Malcolm Browne, Horst Faas, David Halberstam, et al.). Posted to the AP's Manhattan headquarters in 1970, Arnett returned to Vietnam frequently, filing dispatches with a variety of datelines--Hanoi, Hue, and even Saigon weeks after its fall to the Communists. Casting his lot in 1981 with the fledgling CNN, Arnett learned the TV trade on the job, in such hot spots as Afghanistan, Beirut, El Salvador, Moscow, and Panama. Heading once again toward the sound of the guns, the author (who became an American citizen following his tour in the Soviet Union) slipped into Iraq days before the US-led coalition unleashed a savage aerial assault on its capital city. Although his under-fire broadcasts from the al-Rashid Hotel, a lengthy interview with Saddam Hussein, and follow-up reports on civilian casualties gained him enemies in official circles, Arnett's on-air exposure made him a star with the viewing public. Here, in offering his side of this story, he provides compelling reminders that journalism is indeed a calling that does free people a service whose value is often beyond reckoning. An engrossing memoir--complete with perceptive commentary on colleagues and contemporary notables. Condition: Very good / Very good.
Keywords: Persian Gulf War, Vietnam War, CNN, Broadcasting, Journalism, Indochina, Southeast Asia, Vietcong, Inscribed, War Correspondents, Censorship, Associated Press, Malcolm Browne, Horst Faas, Wes Gallagher, Henry Cabot Lodge, Tet Offensive, Vietnam War