The Soccer War by Ryszard Kapuscinski

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Part diary and part reportage, The Soccer War is a remarkable chronicle of war in the late twentieth century. Between 1958 and 1980, working primarily for the Polish Press Agency, Kapuscinski covered twenty-seven revolutions and coups in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Here, with characteristic cogency and emotional immediacy, he recounts the stories behind his official press dispatches—searing firsthand accounts of the frightening, grotesque, and comically absurd aspects of life during war. The Soccer War is a singular work of journalism.

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Born in Pinsk (in what is now Belarus), the celebrated Polish foreign correspondent Ryszard Kapuscinski is the author of, among other titles, Shah of Shahs, Imperium, Shadow of the Sun, The Other and the memoir Travels with Herodotus. His books have been translated into twenty-eight languages. He died in 2007.
Published August 21, 2013 by Vintage. 241 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, War, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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He succeeds also in nearly outlining the political and historical forces at work in each locale, and in the careers of the leaders of the time: Nkrumah in Ghana, Lumumba in the Congo, Ben Bella in Algeria-''the children of storms and pressures, born of the longings and desires not only of their...

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Journalism at its most incisive, these phosphorescent dispatches from the front investigate Third World wars of 1958-1976, probing the forces of political repression and societies stagnating or in the

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Entertainment Weekly

There is nothing worse,'' Ryszard Kapuscinski writes, ''than finding yourself alone in somebody else's country during somebody else's war.'' He ought to know.

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Kapuszinski time and again focuses on the absurdity of war and on how these regionalized conflicts never truly solve the underlying disputes but rather become self-perpetuating circles of violence claiming untold numbers of victims.

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