War Junkie

War Junkie

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Jon Steele is a war junkie. Soon after starting work as an ITN cameraman, he began to feel strangely at home in the kind of places ordinary people get evacuated from. Before long, he was living for the rush which comes as bullets fly past your head and bombs explode at your feet. Normal life just couldn't compete... In Georgia, Jon filmed on the last flight out of the besieged airport at Sokhumi, as the plane took off in the dead of night, all lights extinguished, going the wrong way down the runway, directly towards the nearby steep and virtually invisible mountain range while Abkhazian soldiers fired off random anti-aircraft shells in their general direction. In Moscow, he filmed in the midst of chaos as armed rebels and Militia fought bloodthirsty, hand-to-hand battles on the streets around him. In Rwanda, he filmed the horrific aftermath to the most brutal massacre of modern times - and his own neck got far too close to the edge of a machete for comfort. In Zaire, he filmed endless fields full of young children deranged by hunger and ravaged by cholera. In Bosnia, Jon realised that he had, in fact, seen and filmed more than he could cope with, and finally spiralled out of control, deep into emotional meltdown. But somehow War Junkie is also an incredibly funny and exhilarating book. The humour is dark but sharp as broken glass. The action comes so thick and fast you can forget to breathe. War Junkie is shocking, hilarious, deeply moving and, ultimately, it packs a powerful psychological punch. It will challenge everything you thought you knew about modern warfare as it shines an unforgiving spotlight into some of the darkest recesses of recent history.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 124 x 196 x 32mm | 340.2g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0552149845
  • 9780552149846
  • 1,472,649

Review quote

"'Burns with emotional honesty...Powerful and disturbing'" * The List * "'Brutally honest'" * The Mirror * "'Action-packed'" * Daily Express * "'The most authentic literary recreation of the hollow terror, confusion and soul-crushing cacophony of battle I have read in decades'" * Evening Standard *show more

Flap copy

An adrenalin-fuelled, white-knuckle ride through the worst places on earth. As a TV cameraman, Jon Steele filmed in most of the military hot-spots of the world -- Georgia, Moscow, Rwanda, Zaire, and Bosnia where he finally realized he had seen and filmed too many horrific things -- had in fact, been seconds from death himself. He spiralled out of control, deep into emotional meltdown. His gripping story, packed with action, unexpected humour and emotional honesty, will challenge our assumptions about war, and the human capacity to inflict and endure suffering. "From the Trade Paperback edition.show more

About Jon Steele

Jon Steele was born in the American Northwest and raised in Great Falls, Montana. He left home at the age of sixteen and worked in an assortment of legal and illegal jobs before joining Independent Television News of London in 1982. He established a reputation as one of the world's top cameramen in dangerous environments. He currently lives in Arab East Jerusalem where he continues to cover the Middle East for ITN. He lives with a stray cat named Killer.show more

Back cover copy

Jon Steele is a war junkie. Soon after starting work as an ITN cameraman, he began to feel at home in the kind of places ordinary people get evacuated from. Before long, he was living for the rush which comes as bullets fly around your head and bombs explode at your feet. Normal life just couldn't compete - bad news was big fun. Sokhumi - a plane full of dead and wounded on a last-chance flight through anti-aircraft fire. Moscow - chaos in the streets as tooled-up rebels battle the Red Army. Abkhazia -- cruising the Caucuses with a band of road warrior crazies looking for something to kill. Rwanda - mass slaughter, rivers of blood, bone crushing fear. Goma - tens of thousands dropping dead in their footsteps from cholera. Sarajevo - a young girl gunned down by a sniper's bullet and the balance finally tips. Emotional meltdown... As funny as it is terrifying, as sharp as broken glass. This is the real world of TV war...where pictures bleed. Jon Steele takes you on a gut-wrenching ride to hell and back as it shines an unforgiving light into some of the darkest recesses of recent history...show more

Review Text

"'The most authentic literary recreation of the hollow terror, confusion and soul-crushing cacophony of battle I have read in decades'"show more

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164 ratings
4.09 out of 5 stars
5 44% (72)
4 32% (53)
3 15% (24)
2 7% (12)
1 2% (3)
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