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Ryszard Kapuscinski
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The Soccer War

Ryszard Kapuscinski


9780679738053

Random House Inc


Reportage & collected journalism;
History of the Americas


Paperback

240 pages

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In 1964 Ryszard Kapuscinski was appointed by the Polish Press Agency as its foreign correspondent, and for the next ten years was responsible for 50 countries. He was witness to 27 revolutions and coups. This book is his account of the revolutions he has seen, a chronicle of the Third World establishing its independece and coming into its own. The book consists of more than 20 set pieces - narrative accounts of the revolutions in Algeria, Namibia, in the Congo, the revolutions in Tanzania, Kenya, the soccer war between El Salvador and Honduras, the overthrow of Allende - connected by an account of all the business undergone to make the stories possible in the first place - dealings with the editor, having to return back home, the estrangement from the family, the irritation and boredom of being behind the desk, having to get an airplane ticket, having to get a visa and having to cross the border illegally. It also tells of how in Brundi he was sentenced to death by firing-squad; and in Nigeria of how he survived by driving through machine-gun fire and a series of burning road-blocks.

By:   Ryszard Kapuscinski
Imprint:   Random House Inc
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 205mm,  Width: 131mm,  Spine: 17mm
Weight:   245g
ISBN:   9780679738053
ISBN 10:   0679738053
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   February 1992
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ryszard Kapuscinski, Poland's most celebrated foreign correspondent, was born in 1932 in Pinsk (in what is now Belarus) and spent four decades reporting on Asia, Latin America, and Africa. He is also the author of Imperium, Another Day of Life, and The Soccer War. His books have been translated into 28 languages. Kapuscinski died in 2007.


When our children's children want to study the cruelties of the late 20th century; when they wonder why revolution after revolution betrayed its promises through greed, fear and confusion, they should read Ryszard Kapuscinski. <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> Kapuscinski is the conjuror extraordinary of modern reportage, and <i>The Soccer War</i> is a splendid example of his magic. John le Carre Powerful and touching. <i>The New York Times Book Review</i> Stripped of excess, remarkably void of cynicism, <i> </i>Kapuscinski's writing has the force and vision of literature . . . . He makes his world so real, so alive beyond obscure headlines and other mind-numbing inoculations. <i>Boston Globe</i>

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