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Video Journalists in the Vietnam War. A Memoir.

Review of the Memoir ‘On the Frontlines of the Television War’

The book “On the Frontlines of the Television War: A Legendary War Cameraman in Vietnam” is so different than almost every other read of mine lately and has such an important subject matter that I feel I must review it here. True, I have read of war before, but not from this angle. I admit I did not realize the risks that video journalists, such as the author Yasutsune “Tony” Hirashiki, took in wartime. Now I know better.

The Vietnam War & The Journalists

Tony and so many other cameramen and camerawomen were capturing the events of the Vietnam War for ABC News and other news stations. Of course, I knew there were people doing so, but I certainly didn’t take into account the immense danger they put themselves in to film a story of the day’s “bang bang” events, as they were known.

Being close to gunfire while filming scenes of the war, putting their lives on the line, must have been excruciatingly hard. And I’m here to say thank you to these people who did so to bring the humanity of the situation, rather than the bloodshed alone, to televisions in countless living rooms.

A Heartfelt Read

When I began the book, I noted it was divided into the sections “Good Luck” and “Bad Luck.” I knew that this was going to be quite the read. And so it was. The forward by Ted Koppel provides an intense introduction to what is to come.

The sections on friendship and camaraderie between Tony, a leading ABC News video journalist, and other journalists, including correspondents and sound technicians, was beautiful to read.

And, on the other side of the luck coin, so heart-wrenching were the words Tony wrote about those he knew who had died in the Vietnam War while striving to show what was happening over in Vietnam. These brave people never left the war-torn country, but Tony does an amazing job of honoring them and bringing them back to us in spirit with his words.

The integral role of editor Terry Irving is evident. I received an advance copy of this book from Terry, who translated Tony’s Japanese book that released in 2008 into “On the Frontlines of the Television War.” Irving retained the heart of the original story, as well as including original war correspondence and photos from the Vietnam War years (1955-1975) in the book.

Final Review Thoughts

This memoir reminds me that we must not only honor the soldiers of war but also those men and women who are reporting the news story, both in front of and behind the video camera as they risk their lives right alongside the soldiers. This memoir is heartfelt and educational. I wholeheartedly recommend it.

You can get your copy on Amazon today:

On the Frontlines of the Television War: A Legendary War Cameraman in Vietnam

♥ Christy

Terry Irving's Day of the Dragonking

Book Spotlight: Day of the Dragonking by Terry Irving

Hello and happy reading to all! Today I am chatting about the latest book I read. It is Terry Irving’s Day of the Dragonking, which is Book One of The Last American Wizard series. It is a fantasy book that is one heck of a wild ride!

The Day of the Dragonking features Steve Rowan as the last American wizard and Ace Morningstar, a female Navy SEAL who has orders to defend Steve… Well, unless it comes down to defending him or his cell phone, in which case the cell takes precedence.

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Interview with Author Terry Irving of ‘Courier’ Fame

Today I am pleased / proud / potentially over-smiling at having author Terry Irving here for an interview. Won’t you sit down and join us?

Christy (C): Hi Terry, and welcome to Parfait land! I’ll be handing out chocolates shortly. First though, let’s get to the questions. You are an author whose work I find compelling, having read a few of them now! Today, let’s focus on you and your latest book Courier, which I find quite the page turner.

Author Terry Irving of Courier Fame

Author Terry Irving. He’s a cool guy.

Terry (T): Why, thank you, and it’s great to be up here in the Great Canadian Wilderness.

C: Tell us a little about yourself and your writing background.

T: My writing background?  Wow, that makes me sound like someone who actually planned to be a writer. That was the last thing I wanted to do when I graduated from college in the days before email, faxes, and paved roads (OK, we did have paved roads.)  I wanted to wander the globe on a tramp steamer and have adventures. At the minimum, I wanted to make sure that I was far enough away from my family to see them no more than once a year—perhaps once a decade.

None of this came about, of course. I took jobs as a bartender, gas station attendant, ice cream salesman, kettleman in a dye factory, steel rod warehouseman, motorcycle courier, and hitchhiked to Alaska and back. Oh, and I was one of the very first paralegals which was interesting because no one had the slightest clue what we were supposed to do. I used to put on a ball cap and a utility jacket and serve subpoenas by pretending to be a messenger and add up the hours of time that Simba, the Baby Lion played on various TV stations that were threatened with seizure by the President. It had to do with Watergate, but what didn’t in those days?

I never wanted to write.

C: Okay, now I’m curious. Tell me how you got to where you are now, writing books!

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