|Edited by Martin Walker
“It has been said that journalism is the first draft of history. UPI’s gripping report of the Second Gulf War certainly qualifies for that accolade. In Martin Walker’s skillful compilation, UPI’s reports and analyses become simply history—but history vividly told and shrewdly judged.” —Lady Margaret Thatcher, from the Foreword
Dulles, VA: Reporters have been giving front line descriptions of battles for many decades, yet today’s technology gives audiences instant awareness of each major victory and failure. The minor triumphs and losses are all too easily forgotten. Journalists who were on the front lines, however, will not forget their experiences and in some cases nightmares.
Martin Walker, who anchored UPI's coverage throughout the war and took part in the assault on Basra with the British troops, offers readers a concise collection of articles from these brave journalists and photojournalists who were on the ground during the Iraq War. Beginning with the negotiations before the war and going through the end of major fighting, The Iraq War details events on an almost day by day basis.
Walker also provides analysis on some of the key points and puts the articles into context when necessary. This provides the reader with a full picture of the war. From start to finish The Iraq War reminds readers war is hell, but sometimes necessary. Most importantly, it reminds readers that without the journalists and photographers reporting on wars, it would be all too easy to forget or ignore.
About the Editor:
Martin Walker is The Editor of UPI's English Operations and was previously UPI's chief international correspondent. He worked for twenty-five years with the London Guardian and is a regular broadcaster on the BBC, National Public Radio, and CNN. His numerous books include Waking the Giant: Gorbachev and Perestroika, The Cold War: A History, and America Reborn.