Sydney Morning Herald, offers a sobering look at the disparate battlefields of America's war o"/>

MANHATTAN TO BAGHDAD: Despatches from the Frontline in the War on Terror

Paul McGeough, Author . Allen & Unwin $17.95 (280p) ISBN 978-1-74114-099-6

McGeough, veteran war correspondent and a former editor of the Sydney Morning Herald, offers a sobering look at the disparate battlefields of America's war on terrorism in his new collection of musings from the front. An eyewitness to the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York, he travels on assignment through Central Asia and the Middle East, ending up in Baghdad in October 2002 to report on the impending U.S.-led military action against Iraq. The book is presented as a collection of journal entries in which the author reflects on a world defined, for better or for worse, by its relationship with the U.S. According to McGeough, the road to Baghdad runs through Israel, and he devotes a good share of the book to the events of the second intifada, interviewing the families of Palestinian suicide bombers and surveying the destruction done by Israeli troops in the Jenin refugee camp. His most compelling analysis comes from Afghanistan, where he profiled the legendary Northern Alliance commander Ahmed Shah Masoud in the days before his assassination, and offers his reader an insider's view on the culture and leadership of the alliance. He is quick to point out the irony of the allied "bombs and bread" campaign and remains skeptical of Western resolve to rectify the mounting humanitarian crisis in the region. McGeough is an adept reporter but he lacks the sweeping historical knowledge and intellectual firepower that a journalist like Thoomas Friedman can bring to frontline dispatches.Nevertheless, his book provides valuable insight on the responsibilities of America and the repercussions of its expanding international footprint. (July)

Reviewed on: 06/02/2003
Release date: 04/01/2003
Show other formats
FORMATS
Open Ebook - 301 pages - 978-1-74115-085-8
Paperback - 288 pages - 978-1-74114-025-5
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.