The Luckless Tribe

The Luckless Tribe


  • Author: Brian Best
  • ISBN: 978-178035-274-9
  • Price: 9.99 plus 1.50 p & p

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Following the recent death of war correspondent Marie Colvin, this book is a timely reminder of the dangers faced by reporters who put their lives on the line to inform the public of global conflicts. Brian Best has written an entertaining and affectionate tribute to those pioneers from the Golden Age of war reporting. The campaigns include the Crimea, Indian Mutiny, Afghan and of particular interest, the Zulu War, with its intrepid reporters like Charles Norris-Newman, Archibald Forbes and Melton Prior. From the Crimean War to the beginning of the First World War there was a new breed of men who followed armies on campaign in order to send eye-witness reports of battles to their newspapers. The book covers these Golden Years of British War Reporting, when the Specials, as the war correspondents were known, learned their trade the hard way. Sent to wars with little or no support, they had to use their tenacity and determination to reach the forefront of the fighting to observe and clearly write or draw what they had seen. They had to be equally adept in ensuring their reports were received by their newspapers and magazines, which often involved hard and dangerous journeys. Their reports brought home for the first time to the British public the reality of warfare and they soon became the newspaper's star reporters. Their on-the -spot reports considerably increased newspaper circulation and established new publications, for example, the Daily Mail. Barely tolerated by the Military Establishment, the Specials exposed incompetence and failings. They were nevertheless, largely patriotic and supportive of the army. As reporting became more immediate with the telegraph system extended to even more remote areas of the world. Increasingly, censorship restricted the Special's movements until the First World War, when the death knell of the Golden Age was finally sounded. This book pays homage to these extraordinary reporters who earned the title - "Special.

Wednesday 07th of March 2012 03:32:50 PM