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The Great War for Civilisation
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Lead title Decorated British foreign correspondent Robert Fisk has been based in the Middle East for the last twenty-five years, reporting from the world's worst trouble-spots. This is his first-person account of fifty years of bloodshed and tragedy in the area, from the Palestinian-Israeli bloodbath to the shock and awe of the current war against Iraq. A major book of reportage from one of the finest journalists currently at work today. A fantastic blend of history and up-to-date journalism makes this book an essential read for anyone seeking to understand the current situation in the Middle East. Lead review and feature coverage assured for this much loved and respected media figure. Major broadsheet serialisation anticipated.

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The most decorated British foreign correspondent, Fisk has been based in the Middle East for the last twenty-five years, and his knowledge of the area is unparalleled. He writes daily for the Independent and is syndicated in Italy (La Reppublica), Spain (El Pais) and France (Le Monde), amongst others.

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Combining a novelist's talent for atmosphere with a scholar's grasp of historical sweep, foreign correspondent Fisk (Pity the Nation: The Abduction of Lebanon) has written one of the most dense and compelling accounts of recent Middle Eastern history yet. The book opens with a deftly juxtaposed account of Fisk's two interviews with Osama bin Laden. In the first, held in Sudan in 1993, bin Laden declared himself "a construction engineer and an agriculturist." He had no time to train mujahideen, he said; he was busy constructing a highway. In the second, held four years later in Afghanistan, he declared war on the Saudi royal family and America. Fisk, who has lived in and reported on the Middle East since 1976, first for the (London) Times and now for the Independent, possesses deep knowledge of the broader history of the region, which allows him to discuss the Armenian genocide 90 years ago, the 2002 destruction of Jenin, and the battlefields of Iraq with equal aplomb. But it is his stunning capacity for visceral description-he has seen, or tracked down firsthand accounts of, all the major events of the past 25 years-that makes this volume unique. Some of the chapters contain detailed accounts of torture and murder, which more squeamish readers may be inclined to skip, but such scenes are not gratuitous. They are designed to drive home Fisk's belief that "war is primarily not about victory or defeat but about death and the infliction of death." Though Fisk's political stances may sometimes be controversial, no one can deny that this volume is a stunning achievement. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Read an interview with Robert Fisk at http://www.progressive.org/0901/intv1201.html see Robert Fisk's daily comment from the Middle East at www.independent.co.uk

The Independent's Middle East correspondent for nearly 30 years, and much celebrated for his efforts, Fisk has plenty to tell us about life in the world's most tumultuous region. With a three-city tour. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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