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Frank Kearns was the go-to guy at CBS News for danger- ous stories in Africa and the Middle East in the 1950s, ‘60s, and early ‘70s. By his own account, he was nearly killed 114 times. He took stories that nobody else wanted to cover and was challenged to get them on the air when nobody cared about this part of the world. But his stories were warning shots for conflicts that play out in the headlines today.

In 1957, Senator John Kennedy described America’s view of the Algerian war for independence as the Eisenhower Administration’s “head in the sand policy.” So CBS News decided to find out what was really happening there and to determine where Algeria’s war for independence fit into the game plan for the Cold War. They sent Frank Kearns to find out.

Kearns took with him cameraman Yousef (“Joe”) Masraff and 400 pounds of gear, some of which they shed, and they hiked with FLN escorts from Tunisia, across a wide “no-man’s land,” and into the Aures Mountains of eastern Algeria, where the war was bloodiest. They carried no passports or visas. They dressed as Algerians. They refused to bear weapons. And they knew that if captured, they would be executed and left in unmarked graves. But their job as journalists was to seek the truth whatever it might turn out to be.

This is Frank Kearns’s diary. 

 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Praise, Dedication
  2. pp. i-x
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. A Note to the Reader
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Foreword
  2. Tom Fenton
  3. pp. xv-xix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xxi-xxix
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  1. 1. A Small Office in Cairo
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. 2. La Guerre d’Algérie
  2. pp. 7-13
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  1. 3. A Reporter’s Journey to Algeria
  2. pp. 14-23
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  1. 4. “The Unrealistic or Impossible Assignment”
  2. pp. 24-30
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  1. 5. Algerian Diary
  2. pp. 31-86
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  1. 6. “Evidence of Considerable Interest”
  2. pp. 87-100
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 101-112
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 113-116
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  1. Appendix: Sound on Film Scripts from Algeria
  2. pp. 117-162
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  1. Chronology
  2. pp. 163-166
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 167-180
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 181-182
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 183-188
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 189-198
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  1. About the Authors
  2. pp. 199-200
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  1. Image Plates
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781940425757
Related ISBN
9781933202624
MARC Record
OCLC
940184277
Pages
263
Launched on MUSE
2016-02-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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