Reporter : Forty Years Covering Asia
Reporter is an account of John McBeth's 40-year journey through Asia,more than half of that time as a correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review, the venerable magazine long regarded as the region's English language Bible on political and economic affairs. While necessarily a memoir, the book is more a reflection of the lives of a small group of foreign journalists who came to Asia on a wing and a prayer -- and in McBeth's case by ship -- and stayed on as fascinated witnesses to a region going through turbulent times and historic change. Part-history, part-analysis, part story-telling and, in a smaller way, partcommentary on the salad days of print journalism and its steady decline under the onslaught of television and the Internet, Reporter introduces us to a diverse cast of journalists, diplomats, officials, politicians and generals McBeth meets and befriends along the way. The book deals with the five coups and attempted coups McBeth covered during his 16 years in Thailand; the Khmer Rouge reign of terror; the Indochinese refugee invasion; and the dramatic democratic transitions in South Korea and Indonesia, which helped change the face of once authorian Asia.
- Hardback | 400 pages
- 150 x 235mm
- 22 Sep 2012
- Talisman Publishing
- Singapore, Singapore
Review Quotes: "John Mcbeth's journey through Asia as a reporter has spanned theregion's transition from new nationhood to prosperity, with all the strife and struggle this has involved. His colourful recollections bring to life the people as well as the sights and sounds of the age, in a reminiscence that is as informative as it is personal." Michael Vatikiotis Former Editor, Far Eastern Economic Review
About John McBeth
John McBeth Leaving behind a farming childhood for a career in journalism, John McBeth went straight from high school into his hometown newspaper at the age of 17. He left his native New Zealand in 1970 and arrived in Asia by ship, intending to travel overland to London and try his hand on Fleet Street. He got as far as Thailand,where he spent several years on the Bangkok Post before plunging into freelance work. In 1979, McBeth joined the Far Eastern Economic Review. It was a time of rapid expansion and over the next quarter century,he became the magazine's longest-serving correspondent, heading its bureaus in Thailand, South Korea, the Philippines and Indonesia. When the Review was closed in 2004, he went back to freelancing, mainly as a columnist for Singapore's Straits Times. He remains one of the last of a generation of foreign journalists who lived the story and made Asia their home.