Part war correspondent s memoir, part adventure travel journal, this is the remarkable story of Terence White s exploits as a frontline photojournalist and the longest serving foreign correspondent in Kabul.Clandestinely visiting Afghanistan during the bloody Soviet occupation, Terence befriended the famous mujahideen leader Ahmad Shah Masood He survived the Afghan jihad only to be seriously wounded by mortar shrapnel during factional fighting for Kabul On 9 September 2001 Masood was assassinated by al Qaida The author, who had been expelled by the Taliban, returned to Afghanistan to cover the post 9 11 invasion by the United States and to find the female surgeon who saved his life.In doing so Terence White came to understand his own infatuation with hot steel and learned to abandon his Afghan alter ego for the sake of his family....
|Title||:||A Taste for Hot Steel: Frontline Encounters of a Foreign Correspondent|
|Publisher||:||Penguin Global September 5, 2007|
|Number of Pages||:||304 pages|
|File Size||:||863 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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A Taste for Hot Steel: Frontline Encounters of a Foreign Correspondent Reviews
The 9/11 attacks prompted not just US military intervention in Afghanistan, but -- even more swiftly -- the descent of a Western-style media circus upon that benighted and war-torn land. In its turn, the 2001 media invasion yielded a spate of books by newly minted experts. Some were newcomers to Afghanistan: They pasted over the gaps in their experience with secondhand 'analysis' rooted in a conventional wisdom that was always mostly nonsense. Others were pseudo-'old hands' whose claims to expertise, or even marginally useful experience, were undermined by a variety of factors. Foremost among these were a refusal to spend serious time in-country, instead 'parachuting' in on brief trips to score a swashbuckling dateline; consequent ignorance of local languages and customs, and confusion over basic politico-military issues; and most of all, a profound lack of intellectual rigor.
Terence White, for more than 15 years one of the kings of the Afghanistan press corps, writes a thriller that has the additional advantage of being true.