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Marked for Death

Dying for the Story in the World's Most Dangerous Places

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August 17, 2010 | Paperback | 5.5 x 8.7, 400 Pages | ISBN 9781582436142
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“These are truly heroic figures on any scale and a world events class should be built around this book, for high school or college students.” —Bookslut

Worldwide, nearly three-quarters of journalists who die on assignment are targeted and assassinated for their dogged pursuit of important stories of injustice. In Marked for Death, Terry Gould brings this statistic to life by documenting the lives of seven journalists, in Colombia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Russia, and Iraq who had the guts to keep telling the truth in the face of threats from terrorists, corrupt politicians, gangsters, and paramilitary leaders.

Gould brings us the lovers, colleagues, rivals, critics, and even the accused murderers of these courageous men and women, searching for the moment in which these journalists understood that they were willing to die in order to get a story out.

Their compelling stories highlight how selflessly humans can love justice and their fellow citizens; how dogged and resourceful people can be in attempts to thwart injustice; how vital it is to show the defeated and the indifferent, as well as the powerful; and that there really are some things worth dying for.

TERRY GOULD is a Brooklyn-born investigative journalist who focuses on organized crime and social issues. He has won forty-seven awards and other honors for his reporting. Gould’s previous nonfiction books include Paper Fan and The Lifestyle. Gould spent four years investigating the lives and work of the journalists he profiles in this book. He lives in Vancouver.

Praise

“Through his meticulous reporting and his compassionate storytelling, Gould performs a small miracle, a literary resurrection, allowing journalists so cruelly killed to tell their own stories completely and honestly. In an age when journalism is threatened by economic collapse and deep public cynicism, Gould’s book reminds us that journalism can be beautiful and meaningful and that its power to combat injustice so great that some journalists around the world are willing to give their lives to tell the truth.” —Joel Simon, Executive Director of The Committee to Protect Journalists

“The quality of Gould’s project shows in the biographies… American journalists who conceive their roles as fearless government watchdogs might reflect on Gould’s accounts about the real deals.” —Booklist

“It is likely that most Americans will not know these journalists before reading Gould’s book, but you won’t forget them when finished… These are truly heroic figures on any scale and a world events class should be built around this book, for high school or college students.” —Bookslut

“Terry Gould has made all of [the journalists he profiles in his book] more than mere statistics. By digging so deeply into their lives, he has not only memorialized them but has helped us understand their martyrdom.” —Columbia Journalism Review

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