Simpson's World by John Simpson
Dispatches from the Front Lines

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"I am a traveler by profession, and commute to work; but my job tends to be carried out in outlandish and difficult placesAfghanistan, the Middle East, the darker parts of Africa, and Latin America. As a result I have had a rather larger acquaintance with deranged dictators, ethnic cleansers, bandits, and terrorists than seems altogether reasonable. Quite a number of them will make an appearance in these pages: Ayatollah Khomeini refusing to shake my hand, Osama bin Laden offering a disturbingly small amount of money to have me killed, and Fidel Castro assuring me he would abdicate soon."

In his role as "professional traveler," BBC correspondent John Simpson has not only made the acquaintance of dictators and terrorists, but also witnessed the pivotal events of the past decades: the riots in Tiananmen Square, the Gulf War bombing of Baghdad, the reopening of Kabul after the fall of the Taliban regime. Occasionally, he becomes part of the story. He and his crew intervened during the Tiananmen Square riots to save a soldier from being killed. His on-the-scene coverage from Belgrade during the 1999 NATO action against Serbia created intense controversy in England. He was among the first journalists to enter Kabul after the Taliban were deposed; his offhand joke that "The BBC liberated Kabul" again stirred up controversy.

In Simpson's World, Simpson tells the stories behind the news clips. With characteristic wit and inexhaustible curiosity, and an uncanny knack for being in the right place at the right time, this collection of episodes from his remarkable life offers a ringside seat at every major event in recent global history.

 

About John Simpson

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John Simpson is a Vietnam Era Veteran, former Police Officer of the Year, a Federal Agent, a Federal Magistrate, an armed bodyguard to Saudi Royalty, a senior Federal Government executive, and recipient of awards from the Vice President of the United States and the Secretary of Treasury. John feels that for too long fiction writers neglected gay men. John writes entertaining, enjoyable, and enthralling fiction centered on the lives and lifestyles of gay men. John allows his readers to see life through gay mens' eyes. And just like real life, John's characters have active and exciting sex lives. .John lives with his partner of 36 years who he legally married in 2008, and their three Scottish Terriers.
 
Published August 13, 2003 by Miramax. 432 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, War. Non-fiction

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“The Door” is narrated by a woman whose fears concerning a recent burglary mask deeper emotions involving the recent death of her lover, whose wife doesn’t know she existed.

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In Simpson's world, sex is seen as a despicable business transaction (``Are you sure your friend Jim values you at your true worth?'' a wealthy wife asks her younger neighbor in ``A Shining Example'' shortly before she makes a pass at her) or as a self-imposed form of solitary confinement (``I do...

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News from No Man's Land: Reporting the World by John Simpson 496pp, Macmillan, £20 The opening of this book put me in mind of the "Could you?"

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In the best sections, his profiles of unsung heroes, victims and ambiguous villains--a courageous Peruvian mayor battling a corrupt local army commander, a widow who stoops to desperate measures to get her children out of Sarajevo and the UN official who exploits and saves her--make the tragedies...

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