War in the Middle East

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War in the Middle East

A Reporter's Story: Black September and the Yom Kippur War

By Wilborn Hampton; Various (Photographer)

Candlewick Press (MA), Paperback, 9780763643768, 128pp.

Publication Date: September 8, 2009

"Immediate and accessible. . . .The best volume yet for readers wanting to learn about this region that affects the whole world." KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred review)
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.

About the Author
Wilborn Hampton is a theater critic for "The""New York Times". Throughout a journalistic career that began in Dallas as a cub reporter covering the assassination of President Kennedy, and later carried him to London, Rome, and the Middle East as a foreign correspondent, his abiding passion for the theater remained constant. After joining "The New York Times" as an editor, that lifelong love led him into a position as a theater critic and feature writer, reviewing plays and conducting interviews on a freelance basis for the paper. Over the course of the past 20 years, he has reviewed more than 500 stage productions for "The Times", and although he left his editorial position on the paper in 2006, he continues to review plays and write articles on the theater on a regular basis.

Hampton has published several Young Adult nonfiction books: "Kennedy Assassinated: The World Mourns", "Meltdown: A Race Against Nuclear Disaster at Three Mile Island" and "September 11, 2001: Attack on New York City", "War in the Middle East A Reporter's Story" (those 4 were published by Candlewick Press), and a biography of Elvis Presley published by Viking Childrens Books as part of their "Close Up" series.

The Marvel and Other Short Stories is a collected anthology of six short stories written by the winners of the Austin Macauley World Book Day short story competition.