A Life of Extremes

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HarperCollins Australia, Dec 1, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
A LIFE OF EXTREMES is a rare book. It spans Jeff's years as a reporter as he takes us on a fascinating global journey. Both a compelling memoir and gripping travelogue, it is suffused with the sort of compassion, empathy and humanity that only a journalist of McMullen's experience and calibre can provide. From the breathtaking wilds of the Amazon to the timeless beauty of Antarctica, McMullen has seen more of the world than most people could ever hope to see in ten lifetimes. Such commitment and devotion to his craft has brought him fame and peer respect, but it has also had a great impact on his relationships with family and friends and exposed him to sights and sounds beyond the parameters of everyday life. Unthawing a 5300-year-old 'Iceman', tracing the footseps of Jesus, riding by helicopter into the war zones of the Himalaya, unmasking confidence tricksters in rural India, riding with Mongol horsemen, sipping tea with double agents in Moscow, freeing slaves in the Philippines, dancing in the White House, jamming with blue stars, climbing volcanoes, diving with whale sharks...McMullen has led a life of high adventure, matched in intensity by his commitment to serious journalism. But amid these fascinating tales, McMullen writes with poignancy and deep pathos of fallen and much-missed comrades, his father's tragic descent into alcoholism, and the terrible accident that took the life of his beloved mother. It is a jolting reminder to all of us that life is a gift, something to be enjoyed and treasured, not wasted. Every moment on this beautiful planet, urges McMullen throughout A LIFE OF EXtREMES, is precious.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER ONEUNFORGETTABLE STRANGERS
CHAPTER TWOTHE BOY SOLDIER
CHAPTER THREEGOING TO EXTREMES
CHAPTER FOURLAST OF THE TRIBE
CHAPTER FIVEMIRACLES AND MADNESS IN MOZAMBIQUE
CHAPTER SIXA MAN FROZEN IN TIME
CHAPTER SEVENFALSE PROPHETS AND GODMEN
CHAPTER EIGHTTHE FORBIDDEN CITIES
CHAPTER SEVENTEENTHE MAN AND THE MYTH
CHAPTER EIGHTEENRIVER OF TEARS
CHAPTER NINETEENLIKE A SHOOTING STAR
CHAPTER TWENTYBEAUTIFUL EXTREMES
CHAPTER TWENTYONEA WORLD TO SHARE
CHAPTER TWENTYTWOEVOLUTIONARY THOUGHTS IN THE GALAPAGOS
CHAPTER TWENTYTHREETHE AWAKENING
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CHAPTER NINEI SPY A BIG LIE
CHAPTER TENGIVING PEACE A CHANCE
CHAPTER ELEVENWOMEN OF THE REVOLUTION
CHAPTER TWELVEA WAR OF WORDS
CHAPTER THIRTEENTHE NIGHT IS FOR SINGING
CHAPTER FOURTEENDANCING AT THE WHITE HOUSE
CHAPTER FIFTEENCOMING HOME
CHAPTER SIXTEENFREE THE SLAVES
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
About the Author
Copyright
About the Publisher
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A journalist, author and film-maker for over 45 years, Jeff McMullen's work includes many decades as a foreign correspondent for Australian Broadcasting Corporation, reporting for Four Corners and Sixty Minutes, as the interviewer and anchor of the 33 part issue series on ABC Television, Difference of Opinion, and host of televised forums on the National Indigenous Television Network.

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