My Friend the Mercenary (Anglais) Relié – 22 mars 2011
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Outstanding . . . I couldn't put this book down.
--Andy McNab --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.
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James Brabazon, a war reporter and filmmaker, was alreadya veteran of many conflict zones by his early thirties. Sowhen he was offered an exclusive opportunity to report fromLiberia, caught up in a vicious civil war, it proved too temptingto turn down. He needed to take a bodyguard, someonewith strong knowledge of the region and, more importantly,someone with a gun slung over his shoulder. James hired Nickdu Toit, a former South African soldier and mercenary commander,to guide him into the bloody world of Liberia’s rebels.During their time together, James and Nick slowly formed anunlikely friendship, forged during scorching days under unrelentinggunfire. Narrowly surviving the harrowing experience,James returned to the quieter, saner confines of his life in London.But only a few months later he found himself back withNick in a fly-blown bar in West Africa plotting another, muchmore dangerous journeythis time to the heart of EquatorialGuinea. Nick’s mission: to overthrow the government of thistiny nation fabulously rich in oil.
My Friend the Mercenary is an exploration of the mercenarymyth and a chapter of the story of modern Africa. It is abrutally honest and undeniably human account of a journeyinto the heart of what it takes to be a friend, a survivor and ajournalist in the morally corrosive crucible of war. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.
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Comparing the second half of the book, focusing on the Wonga Coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea, with some of the other materials available on the incident, provides an eye-opening look at how much information presented as fact may be more speculative than first expected. I would recommend Adam Roberts' "The Wonga Coup" to provide a third-person account of the events, as well as Mr. Brabazon's first-person account.
Overall, a wonderful, fast-paced book that calls into question all of your assumptions about journalistic distance from a subject, as well as the your assumptions on the impacts of the post-Apartheid transition on the continent, and her soldiers.
This is a book that, for at least the first 2/3 , is rivetting. the last third gets bogged down in a lot of detail but you can skim a lot of this. However i have to warn anyone reading this that some of the descriptions are very gory and graphic. Because it is a true story you know that this has not been put in salaciously but it's still very confronting. With these privisos, i would definitely recommend this book.
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