Break­ing News: A Stun­ning and Mem­o­rable Account of Report­ing from Some of the Most Dan­ger­ous Places in the World

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By – March 5, 2012

Like many inter­na­tion­al news reporters, Mar­tin Fletch­er spends his time bear­ing wit­ness to world events, be they vio­lent, touch­ing, tear­ful, dev­as­tat­ing, or all of the above. But unlike most news reporters, he writes about them with such imme­di­a­cy and pun­gency that he brings them not only into our liv­ing rooms, but direct­ly onto our laps. 

Now Fletch­er tells the sto­ry behind the sto­ries, reveal­ing the sear­ing side of a life of adven­ture that con­tin­u­al­ly plunges him head­long into dan­ger and life-threat­en­ing per­il. For the last thir­ty years, he has reached across con­ti­nents to cov­er events of inter­na­tion­al con­se­quence as a TV war cor­re­spon­dent for NBC News, and now we are invit­ed to go along with him to Africa, Koso­vo, Afghanistan, and the war-torn Mid­dle East to expe­ri­ence the tur­moil and intrigue with him, learn­ing first-hand what goes on behind the cam­eras while they record mon­u­men­tal glob­al events. 

Although this is called a mem­oir, it is as far from a col­lec­tion of mem­o­ries as can be; it is as alive as if it were hap­pen­ing in the moment. Fletcher’s on-the-scene accounts of the events he has wit­nessed are informed by his family’s Holo­caust his­to­ry and although they are some­times hard, some­times soul­ful, they always have the unmis­tak­able ring of truth. Pho­to insert.

Lin­da F. Burghardt is a New York-based jour­nal­ist and author who has con­tributed com­men­tary, break­ing news, and fea­tures to major news­pa­pers across the U.S., in addi­tion to hav­ing three non-fic­tion books pub­lished. She writes fre­quent­ly on Jew­ish top­ics and is now serv­ing as Schol­ar-in-Res­i­dence at the Holo­caust Memo­r­i­al & Tol­er­ance Cen­ter of Nas­sau County.

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