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Behind the hyperbole of the headlines often lie more complex truths. Writers dedicated to the art of reportage offer us a more unvarnished take on events. Philip Gourevitch revealed the full horror of the Rwandan massacres, Michael Herr exposed the banal horror of combat in Vietnam and Anna Politkovskaya bravely, and fatally, took on corruption in Putin's Russia. See further than the news bulletins with our selection of the finest documentary writing.

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River of Time
River of Time (Paperback)
Jon Swain
 
Between 1970 and 1975 Jon Swain, the English journalist portrayed in "The Killing Fields", lived in the lands of the Mekong river. This is his account of those years, and...
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Salvador
Salvador (Paperback)
Joan Didion
 
El Salvador, 1982, is the height of a ghastly civil war. The author travels from battlefields to body dumps, interviews a puppet president, considers the distinctly Salvadoran meaning of the...
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Homage to Catalonia
George Orwell; Julian Symon; Peter...
 
Describes the hopes and cynical betrayals of the author's experiences as a militiaman in the Spanish Civil War.
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Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and...
Haruki Murakami; Alfred Birnbaum;...
 
In spite of the perpetrators' intentions, the Tokyo gas attack left only twelve people dead, but thousands were injured and many suffered serious after-effects. This title features the author's interviews...
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Shah of Shahs
Shah of Shahs (Paperback)
Ryszard Kapuscinski; Christopher de...
 
Depicting the final years of the Shah in Iran, this book offers a meditation on the nature of revolution and the devastating results of fear. It describes the tyrannical monarch...
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Dispatches
Dispatches (Paperback)
Michael Herr
 
The shocking and harrowing account of one journalist's personal experience in the Vietnam war that is a now a cult classic.
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We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow ...
Philip Gourevitch
 
A Tutsi pastor, in a letter to his church president, used the chilling phrase that gives this book its title ...
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Hiroshima
Hiroshima (Paperback)
John Hersey
 
When the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in August 1945, killing 100,000 men, women and children, a new era in human history opened. This book presents an account...
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The Soccer War
The Soccer War (Paperback)
Ryszard Kapuscinski
 
In 1964, renowned reporter Ryszard Kapuscinski was appointed by the Polish Press Agency as its only foreign correspondent. He befriended Che Guevara in Bolivia, Salvador Allende in Chile and Patrice...
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Nickel and Dimed
Nickel and Dimed (Paperback)
Barbara Ehrenreich
 
A contemporary classic which has changed the way we see America.
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Listening to Grasshoppers: Field ...
Arundhati Roy
 
What happens once democracy has been used up? When it has been hollowed out and emptied of meaning? This title provides an exploration of the political picture in India. It...
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A Russian Diary: With a Foreword by...
Anna Politkovskaya; Jon Snow
 
Covering the period from the Russian parliamentary elections of December 2003 to the tragic aftermath of the Beslan school siege in late 2005, this title is an unflinching record of...
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Hell's Angels
Hell's Angels (Paperback)
Hunter S. Thompson
 
It is said that the Hell's Angels could paralyse whole towns with fear. This book explores the questions such as: How much of that reputation was myth and how much...
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The Age of the Warrior: Selected...
Robert Fisk
 
A selection of Robert Fisk's finest 'Comment' pieces from the Saturday Independent.
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Point of Departure
Point of Departure (Paperback)
James Cameron; Andrew Marr
 
Reportage resists easy definition and comes in many forms, but it reveals hidden truths about people and events that have shaped the world we know. This book features the author's...
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Heroes
Heroes (Paperback)
John Pilger
 
By the journalist who won the International Reporter of the Year award and the United Nations Association Media Peace Prize, this book brings together the episodes for which his journalism...
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