The Secret Life of War by Peter Beaumont
Journeys Through Modern Conflict

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A provocative story of war that offers rare insight into the real effects of conflict on civilians, reporters, and societies themselves.

Once it was simple to write about war. States or ideologies clashed; battles were fought between national armies or movements. But war has changed.

War has become “privatized” by small armed groups, states have fragmented and the conventional arms of the West are found wanting against warlordism. Drawing on the author’s experiences as a foreign correspondent in the world’s most dangerous places, The Secret Life of War focuses on the human cost of war: to the combatants, to civilians and to the author, as one who bears witness.

Every encounter is arresting: a visit to the bombed and abandoned home of Mullah Omar; a deserted Al Qaeda camp where a plan to attack London is found; young bomb-throwers in Rafah refugee camp.

Unflinching and exquisitely written, The Secret Life of War goes beyond classic reportage: it is a deeply personal and defining vision of the inner, secret nature of modern war.
 

About Peter Beaumont

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Peter Beaumont is the Foreign Affairs Editor of The Observer. He joined the paper in 1989 and has covered numerous conflicts and crises. Beaumont is the recipient of various awards, including the One World Media Award, the Amnesty International Media Award, and the George Orwell Prize for Journalism. He was educated at Hampton Grammar School and Keble College, Oxford. Beaumont lives in London.
 
Published January 1, 2009 by HARVILL SECKER. 288 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Education & Reference.

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The Secret Life of War weaves in and out of several wars on several continents, but is essentially about fear.

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Until we reclaim this word, he suggests, until we are prepared to accept that not only lone suicide bombers commit acts of terror (terrorism) but so do governments, until we are prepared to recognise that "asymmetric war" might just amount to terrorism almost by definition, until we are prepare t...

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