Death of a Translator: A journalist's journey to the heart of Soviet Afghanistan

Author:   Ed Gorman
Publisher:   Arcadia Books
ISBN:  

9781911350354


Pages:   250
Publication Date:   01 November 2020
Format:   Paperback
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Death of a Translator: A journalist's journey to the heart of Soviet Afghanistan


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A young, devil-may-care Englishman, determined to report on the Soviet war and make a name for himself, makes a fateful commitment to a swashbuckling Afghan guerrilla commander. Not only will he go inside the capital secretly and live in the network of safe houses run by the resistance, he will travel around the city in a Soviet Army jeep, dressed as a Russian officer. Waiting in the mountain camp, from where Niazuldin's band of fighters lived and planned their hit-and-run attacks on Soviet troops, Ed Gorman discovers what it means to experience combat with men whose only interest is to be killed or martyred. 'I have never read anything that so fully and perfectly captured the personal experience and the personal aftermath of war. This is a brave book. Ed Gorman has a lonely struggle, but, excellent reporter that he is, he shows us how the struggle is not his alone.' - PJ O'Rourke 'By turns gripping, enlightening and deeply moving, Ed Gorman's story should be required reading for any editor in charge of sending journalists into harm's way.' - Matthew Green, author of Aftershock 'Few autobiographies are page-turners. Ed Gorman's is. I cannot recommend this well crafted, exciting yet moving book too much.'- General The Lord Richards of Herstmonceux GCB CBE DSO, author of Taking Command

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Author:   Ed Gorman
Publisher:   Arcadia Books
Imprint:   Arcadia Books
ISBN:  

9781911350354


ISBN 10:   1911350358
Pages:   250
Publication Date:   01 November 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
This item will be ordered in for you from one of our suppliers. Upon receipt, we will promptly dispatch it out to you. For in store availability, please contact us.

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I have never read anything that so fully and perfectly captured the personal experience and the personal aftermath of war. This is a brave book. Ed Gorman has a lonely struggle, but, excellent reporter that he is, he shows us how the struggle is not his alone.' PJ O'Rourke 'By turns gripping, enlightening and deeply moving, Ed Gorman's story should be required reading for any editor in charge of sending journalists into harm's way.' Matthew Green, author of Aftershock 'Few autobiographies are page-turners. Ed Gorman's is. I cannot recommend this well crafted, exciting yet moving book too much.' General the Lord Richards of Herstmonceux GCB CBE DSO


'By turns gripping, enlightening and deeply moving, Ed Gorman's story should be required reading for any editor in charge of sending journalists into harm's way.' Matthew Green, author of Aftershock 'Few autobiographies are page-turners. Ed Gorman's is. I cannot recommend this well crafted, exciting yet moving book too much.' General the Lord Richards of Herstmonceux GCB CBE DSO I have never read anything that so fully and perfectly captured the personal experience and the personal aftermath of war. This is a brave book. Ed Gorman has a lonely struggle, but, excellent reporter that he is, he shows us how the struggle is not his alone.' PJ O'Rourke


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Brought up in the English Midlands, Ed Gorman attended Cambridge University where he read economics and modern history and then set out to make his name in journalism in Soviet-occupied Afghanistan. His adventures there form the core of his first book with Arcadia, Death of a Translator, which was first published in 2017. A 25-year career at The Times followed when Ed worked as a foreign news correspondent covering wars in Afghanistan, the Balkans and Sri Lanka. He was Ireland correspondent for four years during the Troubles, then sailing and Formula One writer and latterly deputy foreign editor and deputy head of news. Married with three stepchildren, he now works from home in West Sussex, dividing his time between writing and his responsibilities as editorial director of a sports management company.

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