Author(s): Robert Fox
What was it like to be there at the very moment when great events took place; when great figures strode onto the world stage; when the wonderful, the terrible, the diverting and the just plain curious happened? In this acclaimed collection of eyewitness reportage, Robert Fox brings together accounts from soldiers, journalists, poets, scientists, adventurers, chance bystanders and many more to create a vivid, compelling history of the twentieth century as it happened. Covering two world wars, revolutions, discoveries and the rise and fall of empires across the globe, "We Were There" reports on the defining moments of the last hundred or so years, from the turn of the last century through the Wall Street Crash and D-Day, to the Vietnam War, Tiananmen Square and 9/11. These evocative reports from around the world - by figures including Vera Brittain, Neil Armstrong, Rosa Parks and the Baghdad blogger - show that the best eyewitness reporting is as gripping as it is invaluable.
"'A most wonderful collection...I will put it on my shelf and take it off over and over again' Simon Schama"
Robert Fox has been a professional reporter, commentator, author and broadcaster for nearly 40 years. He has reported from the front in the Falklands conflict of 1982 (for which he was awarded an MBE), the Middle East, including Iraq and the Palestinian territories, Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan. He is former defence correspondent for the Evening Standard, and contributor to numerous publications including Independent on Sunday and the New Statesman.