Jewish Values: War in the Middle East: A Reporter's Story: Black September and the Yom Kippur War

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112 p.
Hampton’s suspenseful first person account is about his experiences as a reporter in the Middle East during two critical events: Black September (1970) and the Yom Kippur War (1973). In the former, the Jordanian military attacked and ultimately expelled radical Palestinian groups that had set up a virtually independent state within Jordan. Hampton was pinned down along with other reporters and a few guests at Amman’s Hotel Intercontinental and his story of how he got the story will keep readers on the edge of their seats. During the Yom Kippur War, when Egyptian and Syrian forces attacked and, for a while, threatened to overcome the Israelis, Hampton was able to drive to war zones in the north and the south, seeing firsthand what was going on from the Israeli vantage point. The style in which he recounts these experiences is reportorial in the best sense of the word: accurate, objective, cogent, and gripping. He provides historical background and personal anecdotes, telling readers what he is feeling and providing a close-up view that most non-fiction for children doesn’t achieve. Besides its value as military history, Hampton’s book gives readers a very exciting taste of the life of a foreign correspondent and an insider’s glimpse at how the news media in war zones works.
–10: 0763624934; 13: 9780763624934
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