Marked for Death: Dying for the Story in the World's Most Dangerous Places

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Counterpoint Press, Aug 10, 2010 - Political Science - 400 pages
Worldwide, nearly three-quarters of journalists who die on assignment are targeted and assassinated for their dogged pursuit of important stories of injustice. In Marked for Death, Terry Gould brings this statistic to life by documenting the lives of seven journalists, in Colombia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Russia, and Iraq, who had the guts to keep telling the truth in the face of threats from terrorists, corrupt politicians, gangsters, and paramilitary leaders.

Gould brings us the lovers, colleagues, rivals, critics, and even the accused murderers of these courageous men and women, searching for the moment in which these journalists understood that they were willing to die in order to get a story out.

Their compelling stories highlight how selflessly humans can love justice and their fellow citizens; how dogged and resourceful people can be in attempts to thwart injustice; how vital it is to show the defeated and the indifferent, as well as the powerful; and that there really are some things worth dying for.

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IntroductionThe Psychology of Sacrifice 1
one Small Town Big HellGuillermo Bravo Vega Colombia 7
two I Grew Up on BulletsMarlene GarciaEsperat Philippines 59
three Jewel Moon and the Human UniverseManik Chandra Saha Bangladesh 103
four Anna Had No RoofAnna Politkovskaya Russia 151
five The Boys from Car CityValery Ivanov and Alexei Sidorov Russia 217
six Solid KhalidKhalid W Hassan Iraq 273
ConclusionJournalism as an Act of Courage 319
Source Notes 325
Acknowledgments 379
Photo Credits 389

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Terry Gould is a Brooklyn-born investigative journalist who focuses on organized crime and social issues. He has won forty-seven awards and other honors for his reporting. Gould’s previous nonfiction books include Paper Fan and The Lifestyle. Gould spent four years investigating the lives and work of the journalists he profiles in this book. He lives in Vancouver.

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