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The secret life of war: journeys through modern conflict

The secret life of war: journeys through modern conflict

Beaumont, Peter

Drawing on the author's experiences as the Observer's foreign affairs editor, 'The Secret Life of War' focusses on the human cost of war: to the combatants, to civilians and to the author, as one who bears witness

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: Vintage, 2010
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Statement of responsibility: Peter Beaumont
ISBN: 0099520982, 9780099520986
Note: Originally published: London: Harvill Secker, 2009.
Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Physical Description: 280 p. ; 20 cm.
Subject: Military history, Modern 21st century.; Military history, Modern 20th century.; War and society.; Politics and Government.

Author note

Peter Beaumont is the Foreign Affairs Editor of theObserver. He joined the paper in 1989 and has covered numerous conflicts and crises. He is the recipient of various awards including the One World Media Award, the Amnesty International Media award, and the George Orwell Prize for Journalism. He was educated at Hampton Grammar School and Keble College, Oxford and lives in London.

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'An intelligent, deeply perceptive work'The Times

'Magnificent - this book should be required reading'Tribune

War has changed. In the past, states clashed and battles were fought between armies. Today superpowers are pitted against warlords.

TheObserver's chief foreign correspondent Peter Beaumont, takes us into the guts of modern conflict. He visits the bombed and abandoned home of Mullah Omar; discovers a deserted Al Qaeda camp where he finds documents describing a plan to attack London; talks to young bomb-throwers in a Rafah refugee camp. Unflinching and exquisitely written,The Secret Life of Waris a deeply personal and defining vision of the inner, secret nature of modern war.

'Beaumont's account of war reporting in the Middle East is astonishing, not least for its careful detail and his self-searching honesty. Superb'Esquire

'Beaumont's book is on a different plane to the others and will outlast many of them'Sunday Times