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An award-winning journalist offers a reporter’s-eye view of the Middle East conflict, from Black September to the Yom Kippur War to events of the present day. In 1970, when the Jordanian civil war known as Black September began, U.P.I. correspondent Wilborn Hampton was sent to report on unfolding events. Holed up in the InterContinental Hotel and caught in the crossfire, he An award-winning journalist offers a reporter’s-eye view of the Middle East conflict, from Black September to the Yom Kippur War to events of the present day. In 1970, when the Jordanian civil war known as Black September began, U.P.I. correspondent Wilborn Hampton was sent to report on unfolding events. Holed up in the InterContinental Hotel and caught in the crossfire, he managed to get the story out. Three years later, dispatched to Israel to cover the Yom Kippur War, the reporter took it on himself to drive to the front lines. Now the acclaimed author of KENNEDY ASSASSINATED!, MELTDOWN, and SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, relays his on-the-spot experiences covering two pivotal wars, while offering readers a clear, balanced overview of the issues that have plagued the Middle East for decades and continue to this day.


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An award-winning journalist offers a reporter’s-eye view of the Middle East conflict, from Black September to the Yom Kippur War to events of the present day. In 1970, when the Jordanian civil war known as Black September began, U.P.I. correspondent Wilborn Hampton was sent to report on unfolding events. Holed up in the InterContinental Hotel and caught in the crossfire, he An award-winning journalist offers a reporter’s-eye view of the Middle East conflict, from Black September to the Yom Kippur War to events of the present day. In 1970, when the Jordanian civil war known as Black September began, U.P.I. correspondent Wilborn Hampton was sent to report on unfolding events. Holed up in the InterContinental Hotel and caught in the crossfire, he managed to get the story out. Three years later, dispatched to Israel to cover the Yom Kippur War, the reporter took it on himself to drive to the front lines. Now the acclaimed author of KENNEDY ASSASSINATED!, MELTDOWN, and SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, relays his on-the-spot experiences covering two pivotal wars, while offering readers a clear, balanced overview of the issues that have plagued the Middle East for decades and continue to this day.

30 review for War in the Middle East: A Reporter's Story: Black September and the Yom Kippur War

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dhunsaker65

    Have you ever stayed in a hotel where bullets ricocheted into your window, and bomb and mortar explosions happened on the hour? Well, United Press International (U.P.I.) correspondant Wilborn Hampton lived it. Holed up in the InterContinental Hotel, Hampton got a 1st hand experience during the Jordanian civil war of 1970, aka Black September. Caught in the crossfire amongst other reporters, he managed to get the story out. A few years after the war, he’s dispatched to cover and report the Yom K Have you ever stayed in a hotel where bullets ricocheted into your window, and bomb and mortar explosions happened on the hour? Well, United Press International (U.P.I.) correspondant Wilborn Hampton lived it. Holed up in the InterContinental Hotel, Hampton got a 1st hand experience during the Jordanian civil war of 1970, aka Black September. Caught in the crossfire amongst other reporters, he managed to get the story out. A few years after the war, he’s dispatched to cover and report the Yom Kippur war, and he took it upon himself to be on the frontlines. I found this book to be written exceptionally well. The book details a first hand experience in the crossfire and frontlines of two separate wars. The emotions I felt whilst reading mainly amounted to shock and confusion. Being an American living in a small and peaceful town oblivious to conflict, it’s hard to understand the experiences people go through. It’s particularly hard to comprehend the fact that innocent people are exposed to constant bullet and mortar fire. The book will give a surreal detailing of war, alongside pictures of what’s happening. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who likes reading about real life, or war. Though the contents within may seem like a fictitious nightmare to some, it’s reality. The first person view of the book gives a sort of realism one would be unable to grasp in a third-person style book. Reading this book will deliver you the origins of the awful territorial and religious disputes.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ed

    A short read going over the author's first hand experience during the Yom Kippur War and Black September. Not a bad little book that gives some good background on these two wars and conflict in general for the middle east. Of course it has some western biases but all history books do. Considering who it was written by, a westerner, and what the topic is, it is a fairly good read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Xin

    Twice was mentioned that Golda Meir was PM in 1967 authorizing the attack in the Six Day War. That’s an inexplicable error of fact by a veteran reporter: Eshkol was PM then.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Karen Ball

    But even the most bitter of wars end, and people who were once enemies can, in time, become friends. Only in the Middle East does it seem as though there is no end in sight. Wilborn Hampton was a United Press International journalist in 1970, and was sent to Amman, Jordan to cover a story of terrorists who had hijacked five commercial airplanes, capturing three and landing them at a remote airstip in Jordan. The hijackings sparked the Black September civil war, during which Hampton was trapped w But even the most bitter of wars end, and people who were once enemies can, in time, become friends. Only in the Middle East does it seem as though there is no end in sight. Wilborn Hampton was a United Press International journalist in 1970, and was sent to Amman, Jordan to cover a story of terrorists who had hijacked five commercial airplanes, capturing three and landing them at a remote airstip in Jordan. The hijackings sparked the Black September civil war, during which Hampton was trapped with many other reporters in Jordan. His experiences, taken from his memories and from his diaries during the time, give a realistic experience of war from the perspective of someone affected directly, yet not fighting. Eventually, he and many others were evacuated on a Red Cross flight to Beirut, where he stayed to cover the end of the war. Things festered for many, many months, until October 6, 1973 - Yom Kippur. On the traditional Day of Atonement for those of the Jewish faith, Syrian planes and tanks attacked Israel's northern border, and Egyptian forces dropped bombs along the Sinai side of the Suez Canal. The battles through the short war were intense, and the politics and maneuvering behind the scenes were just as intense. Some of the most interesting chunks of text deal with the realities of wartime censorship for a journalist, the propaganda of the time, and the ability to get coded messages with correct information through. Even though these events took place more than 40 years ago, the history and reality of the stories rings true today - when we are again experiencing major conflicts in the Middle East. Peace will require great work, understanding, compromise and acceptance... and once again, tragically, those things seem awfully far out of reach. 7th grade and up.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Heather Shaw

    “Of all the tragedies the twenty-first century inherited from the twentieth,” writes veteran UPI reporter and NYT editor Hampton, “none is more complicated or poses a greater danger to the rest of the world than that of the Middle East.” Told in first person, 29-year-old Hampton is sent to Beirut, then Amman, Jordan, to cover the airliner hijackings that would spark the Arab against Arab war known as Black September. The next year, he was back in the Middle East when Syria attacked Israeli troop “Of all the tragedies the twenty-first century inherited from the twentieth,” writes veteran UPI reporter and NYT editor Hampton, “none is more complicated or poses a greater danger to the rest of the world than that of the Middle East.” Told in first person, 29-year-old Hampton is sent to Beirut, then Amman, Jordan, to cover the airliner hijackings that would spark the Arab against Arab war known as Black September. The next year, he was back in the Middle East when Syria attacked Israeli troops along the Sinai and in the Golan Heights—both of which Israel had claimed in the Six Day War of 1967. Perhaps most importantly, Hampton introduces the notion that politics and religion are human endeavors, and the absolutes of right and wrong, black and white, tend to blur and shift according to one’s individual or cultural perspective. An excellent choice for middle and high schools, as well as home libraries. Review appeared originally in ForeWord magazine

  6. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    This book gave my 9 year old boy an interest in journalism. Anything that makes him want to write is rare and thus worth its weight in gold!

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