Where War Lives

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McClelland & Stewart, Feb 24, 2009 - Social Science - 384 pages
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A Pulitzer Prize — winning journalist takes us on a personal and historic journey from Mogadishu through Rwanda to Afghanistan and Iraq.

With the click of a shutter the world came to know Staff Sgt. William David Cleveland Jr. as a desecrated corpse. In the split-second that Paul Watson had to choose between pressing the shutter release or turning away, the world went quiet and Watson heard Cleveland whisper: “If you do this, I will own you forever.” And he has.

Paul Watson was born a rebel with one hand, who grew up thinking it took two to fire an assault rifle, or play jazz piano. So he became a journalist. At first, he loved war. He fed his lust for the bang-bang, by spending vacations with guerilla fighters in Angola, Eritrea, Sudan, and Somalia, and writing about conflicts on the frontlines of the Cold War. Soon he graduated to assignments covering some of the world’s most important conflicts, including South Africa, Rwanda, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

Watson reported on Osama bin Laden’s first battlefield victory in Somalia. Unwittingly, Watson’s Pulitzer Prize—winning photo of Staff Sgt. David Cleveland — whose Black Hawk was shot down over the streets of Mogadishu — helped hand bin Laden one of his earliest propaganda coups, one that proved barbarity is a powerful weapon in a modern media war. Public outrage over the pictures of Cleveland’s corpse forced President Clinton to order the world’s most powerful military into retreat. With each new beheading announced on the news, Watson wonders whether he helped teach the terrorists one of their most valuable lessons.
Much more than a journalist’s memoir, Where War Lives connects the dots of the historic continuum from Mogadishu through Rwanda to Afghanistan and Iraq.


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Contents

Prologue
ix
THE BEGINNING OF THE END
1
DEAD MANS DANCE
29
SON OF A SOLDIER
48
LOOKING FOR TROUBLE
61
COMBAT TOURIST
76
GUARDIAN ANGEL
93
FOR THE LOVE OF WAR
108
BLUE BODY BAG 4
205
CHECKMATE
228
A BLINDING LIGHT
247
MAKING ENEMIES
273
THE LABYRINTH
291
FRIENDLY FIRE
316
EXORCISM
334
WAR IN PEACE
345

LIFE AMONG THE DEAD
125
SHRINKING
136
DOWN AND OUT
151
MISSING MASSOUD
166
A CROSSROADS TO WAR
188
A Note on Quotes
361
Related Reading
362
List of Photos
365
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About the author (2009)

Canadian journalist Paul Watson has been covering world events and wars for nearly two decades. While at the Toronto Star he earned several National Newspaper awards for social and cultural reporting. Watson earned international acclaim and the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for his photograph of a dead American soldier being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu.

Paul Watson is currently the South Asia bureau chief for The Los Angeles Times, covering Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Iraq.


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