On the Front Line by Marie Colvin
The Collected Journalism of Marie Colvin

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We are told at the start that Marie paid the "ultimate price". A shot of martyrdom runs through this language that I don't think she would have liked.
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Veteran Sunday Times war correspondent, Marie Colvin was killed in February 2012 when covering the uprising in Syria. Winner of the Orwell Special Prize ‘On the Front Line’ is a collection of her finest work, a portion of the proceeds from which will go to the Marie Colvin Memorial Fund.

Marie Colvin held a profound belief in the pursuit of truth, and the courage and humanity of her work was deeply admired. On the Front Line includes her various interviews with Yasser Arafat and Colonel Gadaffi; reports from East Timor in 1999 where she shamed the UN into protecting its refugees; accounts of her terrifying escape from the Russian army in Chechnya; and reports from the strongholds of the Sri Lankan Tamil Tigers where she was hit by shrapnel, leaving her blind in one eye.

Typically, however, her new eye-patch only reinforced Colvin’s sense of humour and selfless conviction. She returned quickly to the front line, reporting on 9/11, Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza and, lately, the Arab Spring.

Immediate and compelling, On the Front Line is a street-view of the historic events that have shaped the last 25 years, from an award-winning foreign correspondent and the outstanding journalist of her generation.

 

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Born in America, Marie Colvin (1956 - February 22, 2012) was an award-winning foreign affairs correspondent for the Sunday Times. An outstanding journalist of her generation, she covered the Middle East for more than 20 years and reported from East Timor, Chechnya, Kosovo and Sri Lanka where she was wounded in an ambush and lost her left eye. She was killed while covering the Siege of Homs in Syria on the 22nd of February 2012.
 
Published April 26, 2012 by HarperPress. 567 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Travel, Action & Adventure. Non-fiction
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on Aug 03 2013

A small but crucial sampling of war reporting by one of the finest journalists of her generation...More than just a war story; a harrowing examination of the tolls of the world’s conflicts.

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Reviewed by Ed Vulliamy on May 19 2012

We are told at the start that Marie paid the "ultimate price". A shot of martyrdom runs through this language that I don't think she would have liked.

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