Moments in Hell: Notes of a War Correspondent

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Anthem Press, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 144 pages
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A war correspondent's breathtaking account of early twentieth-century wars, including the Greek-Turkish War (1897) and the Spanish-American War (1898). These events have fallen into relative obscurity, following the two World Wars, yet remain important forces shaping modern politics. 'Moments in Hell' reveals the conflicting loyalties of the war correspondent, caught between political ideologies and personal suffering, and provides an enlightening background to recent conflicts. Harding Davis was a dashingly fashionable figure in turn-of-the-century New York, and cited as the inspiration for the 'Gibson man' - fitting the adventurous image of the journalist popular in film and literature. While his accounts highlight the brutality and inhumanity of war, they are riveting pieces of reportage. Harding Davis makes it clear that these moments in hell can make heroes and villains of us all.

 

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Contents

Thev Death of Rodriguez
1
The Battle ofVelestinos
9
The Rough Riders at Guasimas
25
The Battle of Sanjuan Hill
43
The Taking of Coamo
55
The Passing of Sanjuan Hill
63
With Bullers Column
77
The Relief of Ladysmith
89
The Night Before the Battle
103
Battles I Did Not See 1 17
129
A Price List During the Siege of Ladysmith 18991900
143
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Richard HardingDavis (1864–1916) was a popular and prolific writer of fiction and drama, and a journalist famous for his coverage of the Spanish-American War and the First World War. Captured by the German Army in Belgium in 1914, he was threatened with execution as a British spy as his passport had been issued in London and not Washington. Eventually Davis was able to convince the Germans he was an American reporter and he was released.  A controversial figure, some have accused Davis of involvement in William Randolph Hearst's alleged plot to start the Spanish-American War in order to boost newspaper sales. After a long residence in Europe, he returned to the US shortly before his death, still determined to produce powerful writing, proclaiming he had not returned ‘to write sidelights’.    
Janine di Giovannihas been covering global conflict since the 1980s, and is considered one of Europe's most respected journalists. She is a writer forThe Times of LondonandVanity Fair, and contributor toThe New York Times Magazine,The New Republic,The Spectator,National Geographicand many others.

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