The Soccer War

The Soccer War

Paperback Vintage International

By (author) Ryszard Kapuscinski

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 234 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 201mm x 18mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 4 February 1992
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0679738053
  • ISBN 13: 9780679738053
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 725,140

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Part diary and part reportage, "The Soccer War" is a remarkable chronicle of war in the late twentieth century. Between 1958 and 1980, working primarily for the Polish Press Agency, Kapuscinski covered twenty-seven revolutions and coups in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Here, with characteristic cogency and emotional immediacy, he recounts the stories behind his official press dispatches--searing firsthand accounts of the frightening, grotesque, and comically absurd aspects of life during war. "The Soccer War" is a singular work of journalism.

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"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." --"The Wall Street Journal""Kapuscinski is the conjuror extraordinary of modern reportage, and "The Soccer War" is a splendid example of his magic."--John le Carre"Powerful and touching."--"The New York Times Book Review""Stripped of excess, remarkably void of cynicism, ""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."--"Boston Globe"

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Part diary and part reportage, The Soccer War is a remarkable chronicle of war in the late twentieth century. Between 1958 and 1980, working primarily for the Polish Press Agency, Kapuscinski covered twenty-seven revolutions and coups in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.