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The Kindness of Strangers. The Autobiography [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Kate Adie
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2. Juni 2003
Kate Adie's story is an unusual one. Raised in post-war Sunderland, where life was 'a sunny experience, full of meat-paste sandwiches and Sunday school', she has reported memorably and courageously from many of the world's trouble spots since she joined the BBC in 1969. THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS encompasses Adie's reporting from, inter alia, Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Tiananmen Square and, of course, the Gulf War of 1991. It offers a compelling combination of vivid frontline reporting and evocative writing and reveals the extraordinarily demanding life of the woman who is always at the heart of the action. Although an intensely private person, Kate Adie also divulges what it's like to be a woman in a man's world - an inspiration to many working women.

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  • Taschenbuch: 438 Seiten
  • Verlag: Headline; Auflage: New Ed (2. Juni 2003)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 075531073x
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755310739
  • ASIN: 075531073X
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19,7 x 13,1 x 3 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 33.255 in Englische Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Englische Bücher)

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Sharp, witty and full of insights into the BBC and the sometimes crazed world of broadcasting Daily Express

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Kate Adie's story is an unusual one. Raised in post-war Sunderland, where life was 'a sunny experience, full of meat-paste sandwiches and Sunday school', she has reported memorably and courageously from many of the world's trouble spots since she joined the BBC in 1969. THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS encompasses Adie's reporting from, inter alia, Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Tiananmen Square and, of course, the Gulf War of 1991. It offers a compelling combination of vivid frontline reporting and evocative writing and reveals the extraordinarily demanding life of the woman who is always at the heart of the action. Although an intensely private person, Kate Adie also divulges what it's like to be a woman in a man's world -- an inspiration to many working women.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ein tolles Buch! 7. Mai 2011
Von Dachdna
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Meine Eltern haben dieses Buch zufällig auf einem englischen Trödelmarkt gefunden und mir aus dem Urlaub mitgebracht. Ich kannte Kate Adie und ihre BBC-Berichte zu diesem Zeitpunkt gar nicht, aber das spielte für die Lektüre auch gar keine Rolle.
Kate beschreibt in einer wahnsinnig treffenden Sprache ihren (ungeplanten) journalistischen Lebenslauf und ihre spannenden Auslandseinsätze - überwiegend in Krisengebieten. Dabei behält sie selbst in den traurigsten und erscheckensten Situationen ihren Humor - und vor allem ihre Selbstirone - so dass man manchmal gar nicht weiß, ob man lachen oder weinen soll. Ganz nebenher lernt der Leser auch noch etwas über politische Zusammenhänge, Kriegsentwicklungen etc.
Sicher die beste Biografie (auch wenn ihr Privatleben meist außen vor bleibt), die ich je gelesen habe.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Wit and Charm 11. Mai 2007
Von Ezra Samuel - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I am ashamed to say that I actually found this book in my office drawer, a parting souvenir from my predecessor and I thought to myself "who the hell is Kate Adie?" The back cover gave me all the initial information I needed. Beautifully written with a wit that left me chuckling on more than one occassion, the book is a testament to Adie's own winning personality as well as to the changing attitudes of society and the "media industry" to gender in the work place. I think that some of the British humor and references were lost on me at times as I was left with the notion that a certain line or anecdote would certainly be funny if I knew the person or the incident it was referring to. Nevertheless, that didn't stop me from enjoying the book, which unlike most autobiographies is presented with much humility and insight, leaving you wanting to be Kate Adie's friend just because you are guaranteed to laugh and learn at the same time.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting bio of an international reporter 3. Januar 2013
Von John Martin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Kate Adie's career story is interesting and readable. There are two problems people may have in reading it. First of all a knowledge of the events she covered is essential to understand what is happening. For example the events and people involved in the "Troubles" of Northern Ireland is needed. The second problem is one that non-British people will have and that is that she uses words that are only understandable to Brits. For example, "bunking off," "royal squitters," "dodgy," "biffing," "lumbered," and "gobsmacked."

Adie does provide an inside view of the major events of her long career, over about a 30 year period. The book "puts you there" with her on the ground in places like Libya, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Tiananmen Square. Worth reading if you have an interest in world affairs.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Tough exterior soft interior 3. Mai 2009
Von Emi - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Thank you Kate for such an interesting look at your life. Reading and laughing with you along the way has been just wonderful. Kate Adie has packed more into her time than most of us could ever aspire to - and has kept her good humour and humanity throughout it all. From the terrible troubles in Ireland to the war zones of the Middle East, she has survived to tell the tale - and what a tale. Thanks again for your story.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliant insight into front line media reporting 19. November 2013
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Excellent read and insight into life on the front line of media reporting in some of the worlds most dangerous locations.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Kindness of Strangers, an illuminating account of world conflict news reporting 18. November 2013
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Kate Adie was born in 1945 after the end of the war and her childhood memories include reference to a large German bomb which had inflicted collateral destruction on their garden greenhouse. Family lore, or at least Kate, held that Herr Hitler himself had targeted the household tomato production centre. Now, this refreshing item of World War 2 intelligence is, in part, factually untrue as are her assertions conceived during her career that the prestigious BBC is an inept chameleon and, this is my favourite, that a dingy streetscape, in the Stalin school of architecture, is ‘held together by cockroaches holding hands.’ In all three examples I found I had a clearer picture of the situation and furthermore realised that it stimulates thought and challenges the reader to try to understand the ‘how and the why’ of what is happening.
Kate specialised in Swedish Studies at university where her Professor dispatched her off to Berlin, West and East, with scant attention to possible Health and Safety issues, but then that’s how you learn to be a good manager of risk. Of course she never took any journalism training but seemed to learn from working in radio to TV, correspondent on Royal Tours to parts of the former empire, trouble in Belfast, much more in the former Yugoslavia, Libya, the Falklands, Tiananmen Square, the Gulf war and so on.
She found that there existed an 8,000 year.... oops sorry, 800 years of acrimony and grievances between the Serbs and the Croats, strangely similar sectarianism could be said to exist in (Northern) Ireland. In fact two incidents Kate reported on in Northern Ireland says it all; a woman screaming in anguish on her husband’s coffin and another where a boy asks why his dad won’t get up, having been killed at home in a drive by shooting. It’s utterly sad, the episodic inhumanity of humanity.
The BBC lacks perfection in camouflage and this is a good thing as the BBC’s failures allow it to successfully adapt to change because otherwise it would become a dinosaur, and dinosaurs as any child will tell you, are all extinct. This is reminiscent of the BBC’s current very successful Downton Abbey series where the characters all, more or less, adapt to change.
To its credit the BBC appears to report domestic and foreign events in a balanced manner with its naturally distinctive British tone. The means of communicating events is rapidly expanding as is well documented by the author. It is noticeable that with most news services that great attention is being focussed on specific personal events to illustrate the bigger picture.
Unfolding events may be used for propaganda purposes in many circumstances, but in the opinion of this reviewer, even reporting an event may change history, although in most circumstances it will have no discernible wide scale effect whatever. To take an example from meteorology, reputedly the flapping of a butterfly’s wing could under some circumstances, initiate though a combination of knock-on effects, cumulative changes sufficient to generate a hurricane. In human history somewhat similar outcomes may sometimes eventuate.
The most illustrative example I can think of is a is that of a young Jewish, off message cleric, Jesus Christ, whose influence would have most likely have quickly fizzled out. That is if it had not been for the correspondence skills of Saint Paul in getting Christ’s message broadcast which gained it limited success. Even then it remained unpopular with the authorities in Rome, perhaps because of its proclamation of the one true God and denial of the many gods of Rome. It was not until Constantine the Great, in the early 4th century declared for One God, One Emperor followed by his triumph on the battlefield.
There followed a duopoly of church and state whose power and glory is still felt in the world. Such is the power of the word, augmented by force, which may produce unpredictable results of great consequence for good or evil. The Kindness of Strangers can help in the understanding of such complex systems driving our world.
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