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Veteran war correspondent Watson takes the reader on a graphic tour of modern battlefields from Eritrea to Afghanistan, with a particularly haunting stop in war-torn Somalia. It was in Somalia that Watson photographed the corpse of an American soldier being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu—a photo that set off a firestorm of outrage in the U.S. and won him a Pulitzer Prize. Watson claims that he was consumed by anger, fear, and shame after taking the picture and later sought exoneration from the soldier's family. A self-described war junkie who calls Kashmir a fiery seductress, Watson is undeterred even when he's diagnosed with chronic depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. The lessons that he learns—[w]ar does not conquer evil, truth is a moving target and war lives in all of us, among them—are neither original nor particularly helpful. Watson is at his best describing the sights and sounds of war; his book suffers and he loses credibility when he poses as a journalist-savant whose only loyalty is to the truth. (Sept.)
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“He paints a pretty vivid picture of the violence, fear, grief and despair that is generated under wartime circumstances. . . . Watson is a natural storyteller, and he has one hell of a story to tell.”
— Globe and Mail
“Reads like a bullet-pocked tour of some of the globe’s most wretched hellholes of the last fifteen years. . . . There are plenty of narrow escapes and grisly accounts of the killing fields here, as well as some criticism of U.S. and United Nations policy -- Watson knows of what he speaks. His point of view is from the front lines, not the editorial pages, and there is honour in that.”
— Quill & Quire
“The release of his book is extremely timely since Canadians are currently embroiled in the controversial war in Afghanistan. . . . The book provides an excellent framework to consider the nature of war, the role of the media in shaping how we understand it, and the price we all pay for this information.”
— Ottawa Xpress
“Where War Lives is a breathtakingly compelling and candid account of Watson's career as one of Canada’s premier foreign correspondents. . . . The writing is edgy, sometimes chaotic and raw. It feels like you’ve jumped in for a bumpy ride with a war correspondent: You get the passenger-side view of the madness around you and the inside view of how journalists work and survive in humanity’s hellholes.”
– Montreal Gazette
“Beautifully written and pitilessly honest about the author’s life and line of work – and the role of the West in the world’s recent bloodbaths. . . . [it] will haunt readers (almost) as much as Cleveland haunts him.”
“[A] raw, wrenching memoir.”
– Winnipeg Free Press
“Where War Lives is one of the best pieces of journalistic field reporting that I have read in years. A compelling account, it ventures into that hazy area lived by war junkies who risk all in their attempt to cover the day’s news in an embattled world.”
- Owen Sun Times
“Gripping and courageous … This book is a thriller.”
– Ottawa Citizen
From the Hardcover edition.