First with the News by Michael EvansFirst with the News by Michael Evans

First with the News

byMichael Evans

Paperback | November 30, 2016

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A respected Fleet Street journalist with more than forty years of experience, Michael Evans’ life and career have been shaped significantly by his experiences as a war reporter. Over the course of his career, Michael has developed a reputation for having some of the best contacts in the defence, military and intelligence world. He has covered six wars in the field. Michael’s perilous yet thrilling experiences, from facing agonising dilemmas in the Bosnian war to flying with British paratroopers into Kosovo, have had a dramatic influence on his career and in his life.

Michael Evans began his career in journalism working for a local East London newspaper before making it to Fleet Street in 1970. He worked for the Daily Express for sixteen years, first as a general reporter, then as the home affairs correspondent and, finally, as the defence and diplomatic correspondent. Michael was headhunted by The ...
Title:First with the NewsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:454 pages, 8 × 5 × 1.23 inPublished:November 30, 2016Publisher:Rowanvale Books Ltd.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1911240986

ISBN - 13:9781911240983


Table of Contents

Introduction: Baptism of FireChapter 1: Flower Shows, Deaths and Fleet StreetChapter 2: Call Girls and GangstersChapter 3: Moving Up in the Reporting WorldChapter 4: Travelling First Class with the Royal Air ForceChapter 5: New Life on the ThundererChapter 6: And So to WarChapter 7: Shock and AweChapter 8: Balkans Go Up in FlamesChapter 9: Endless SlaughterChapter 10: The Man Who Came Out of the Shadows with Piercing EyesChapter 11: Standing in a Cornfield Contemplating World War IIIChapter 12: A Dripping Tap Tells Its Own StoryChapter 13: Rockets AwayChapter 14: Taliban Toppled - Saddam Hussein NextChapter 15: How Government Scientist David Kelly was ExposedChapter 16: What the Butler SawChapter 17: No Shots to be Fired in Afghanistan CampaignChapter 18: Wankers in a Monet LandscapeChapter 19: DatelinesChapter 20: The Times Man at the PentagonChapter 21: Five Nations in Six Days with Bear EssentialsChapter 22: General Petraeus and the Midnight CallChapter 23: The World's Most Controversial PrisonChapter 24: Honour, Gallantry and the Trauma of War

Editorial Reviews

"A genuine tour de force, I cannot recommend this highly readable book strongly enough. An exciting autobiography and insightful modern history in one volume, it's beautifully and modestly recounted as is Mike Evans' hallmark."Lord Richards of Herstmonceux, Chief of the Defence Staff, 2010-2013"Michael Evans's closet secret is out. To paraphrase from Dr Johnson, I believe he thinks a little meanly of himself for never having been a soldier. He would have made a good and brave one too - despite the self-deprecating way he so often analyses his feelings in this excellent book. It chronicles his particular angle on most of the major British military and political events of our time. Written simply with insightful candour and utter decency this is a story of our time as much as the author's personal recollections. In short, this is a great read."Colonel Bob Stewart, Tory MP and commanding officer of 1st Battalion Cheshire Regiment in Bosnia"In two decades of war reporting I only ever encountered one true gentleman of Fleet Street: Michael Evans. This is the tale of his life and times, and it is as fine a read as you could hope for, complete with a fabulous cast of spooks, war lords, gangsters and whores. Most memorable of all though, is Evans' own modesty and tireless professionalism, qualities which run through this dark and exciting world as a golden thread, drawing the reader effortlessly onward in the footsteps of the author's graceful integrity."Anthony Loyd, war correspondent for The Times"In a profession tarnished by hackers and liars, Mike Evans is one of the good guys who does in his book what he did all his career - tells it as sees it. Straight."Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair's chief press secretary, then director of communications and strategy, 1997-2003