The Age of the Warrior: Selected Essays by Robert Fisk

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PublicAffairs, Jul 29, 2008 - Social Science - 544 pages
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Robert Fisk has amassed a massive and devoted global readership with his eloquent and far-ranging articles on international politics. Now, for the first time, his brave and incisive essays have been collected in a single volume that ranges in scope from the recent war in Lebanon to the rise of Hamas; from the invasion of Kuwait to the looting of Baghdad; from America’s imperial ambitions to the inescapable influence of the Treaty of Versailles. Taken together, these articles form an unparalleled account of our war-torn recent history.

 

 

 

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In parts very readable, but in other areas very repetitive, this is not as good as Fisk' previous books. I for one do not like the approach of re-publishing selected writings from newspaper columns in ... Read full review

Contents

We are all Rifaats now 265
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The ministry of fear 269
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We have all made our wills 273
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Duty unto death and the United Nations 276
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8 The cult of cruelty 281
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The age of the warrior 282
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Tortures out abuse is in 286
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The truth the truth 290
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Bush Productions is preparing togo into action 42
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Our guys may kick them around a little 46
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The wind from the East 51
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2 Publish and be damned? Or stay silent? 55
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So let me denounce genocide from the dock 56
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Youre talking nonsense Mr Ambassador 60
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Armenias 1500001st genocide victim 64
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Sneaking a book out in silence 66
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A conflict of interest 70
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Bravery tears and broken dreams 74
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A holocaust denier in the White House 78
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3 Words words words 83
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Hack blasts local rags 84
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We should have listened to Bin Laden 96
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The jargon disease 101
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Poisonous academics and their claptrap of exclusion 105
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Soft words hard questions 109
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The pen the telex the phone and the despised email 113
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The forgotten art of handwriting 117
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Believe it or not 121
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Murder is murder is murder 125
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Ah Mary you poor diddums 129
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A very edgy situation 133
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what diplomats can get up to 137
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A lesson from the Holocaust 141
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4 Cinema begins to mirror the world 145
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Applause from the Muslims of Beirut 147
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Saladins eyes 151
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My challenge for Steven Spielberg 155
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Da Vinci shit 159
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Weve all been veiled from the truth 163
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When art is incapable of matching life 167
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A policemans lot is not a happy one 171
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Take a beautiful woman to the cinema 175
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A river through time 179
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5 The greatest crisis since the last greatest crisis 185
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A long and honourable tradition of smearing the dead 186
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Tricky stuff evil 191
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Middle East hope Europe in crisis 195
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A poet on the run in Fortress Europe 199
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6 When I was a child I understood as a child 203
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Another of Arthurs damned farthings 204
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First mate Edward Fisk 208
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Come on Sutton 212
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Cold war nights 216
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All this talk of special trains 220
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Fear of flying 224
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7 The old mandates 227
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God damn that democracy 228
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Goldplated taps 232
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The man who will never apologise 236
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The lady in seat 1K 239
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Whatever you do dont mention the war 242
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The best defender on earth of Lebanons sovereignty 247
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Alphonse Bechirs spectacles 251
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The cat who ate missile wire for breakfast 254
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The torturer who lived near the theatre 257
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The temple of truth 261
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Crusaders of the Green Zone 294
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Paradise in Hell 298
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Bush is a revelatory at bedtime 302
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The worse it gets the bigger the lies 306
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Lets have more martyrs 311
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The flying carpet 315
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The show must go on 319
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He was killed by the enemy but all is well in Iraq 323
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9 We have lost our faith and they have not 327
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God and the devil 329
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The childishness of civilisations 333
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Look in the mirror 336
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Smashing history 340
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So now its brownskinned 344
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The faith question 348
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Hatred on a map 351
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If you bomb our cities we will bomb yours 355
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The lies of racists 359
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Dreamology 361
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10 A thing invulnerable 367
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What the Romans would have thought of Iraq 368
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In memoriam 372
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Read Lawrence of Arabia 376
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A peek into the Fascist era 380
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Who now cries for the dead of Waterloo? 384
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a dark tale from Switzerland 388
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You can tell a soldier to burn a village 392
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Should journalists testify at war crimes trials? 395
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Where are the great men of today? 399
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11 America America 403
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Free speech 404
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Its a draw 408
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Fear and loathing on an American campus 412
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How Muslim middle America made me feel safer 416
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Will the media boys and girls catch up? 420
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Brazil America and the Seven Pillars of Wisdom 424
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From Cairo to Valdosta 428
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Trying to get into America 432
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12 Unanswered questions 437
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Is the problem weather? Or is it war? 438
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Fear climate change not our enemies 441
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Just who creates reality? 445
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A letter from Mrs Irvine 449
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Who killed Benazir? 453
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The strange case of Gunner Wills 457
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13 The last enemy 461
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In the Colosseum thoughts turn to death 463
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Dead heroes and living memories 467
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The ship that stands upright at the bottom of the Sea 471
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Thanks Bruce 475
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Those who went before us 479
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Farewell AneKarine 483
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They told Andrea that Chris had not suffered 487
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Postscript The dilution of memory 491
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A street named Petain and the woman he sen tto Auschwitz 492
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I am the girl of Irene Nemirovsky 496
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Index 499
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Robert Fisk is the Middle East Bureau Chief for The Independent (UK) and has reported from Belfast, Lebanon, Iran, and Iraq. He is the world’s most-decorated foreign correspondent, having won the British Press Awards’ International Journalist of the Year award seven times. The author of two previous books, Pity the Nation and The Great War for Civilisation, Fisk lives in Beirut and Ireland.

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