WorldCat Identities

Simpson, John 1944-

Works: 76 works in 288 publications in 4 languages and 7,026 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Autobiographies  Pictorial works  Illustrated works  Personal narratives‡vEnglish  Documentary films  Educational television programs 
Roles: Author, Reporter, Editor, Other
Classifications: PN5123.S46, 955.054
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by John Simpson
The disappeared and the Mothers of the Plaza : the story of the 11,000 Argentinians who vanished by John Simpson( Book )

4 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Oxford book of exile( Book )

8 editions published between 1995 and 2002 in English and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examples of exile from all over the world, and from all periods of history. Describes their exile, their emotions, their struggles and their despair. Sources range from police records, newspaper articles, interviews, letters and memoirs, as well as verse and fiction, and settings as remote as Iran and Russia, China and Palestine
The wars against Saddam : taking the hard road to Baghdad by John Simpson( Book )

12 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"John Simpson has spent more than twenty years reporting on Saddam Hussein's Iraq: he saw his missiles strike Tehran during the Iran-Iraq War and was lucky to escape Saddam's poison gas at the battle of the Faw Peninsula. His friend Farzad Bazoft of the Observer was hanged by Saddam in 1990 and Simpson was the first foreign journalist to reach Baghdad, a month or so afterwards. He spent six months there before, during and after the Gulf War of 1990-1 and was then barred from ever returning again. More than ten years later, in the spring of 2003, as George W. Bush mobilized United States troops, supported by Tony Blair and British forces, Simpson returned to Iraq for the first time to cover the new Gulf War - a war in which he was injured and his translator killed." "The Wars Against Saddam, however, is not simply an account of the recent war and its ongoing and unresolved consequences. It is an account of the West's relationship with Iraq throughout the years that Simpson has reported on the country and on Saddam Hussein. With his extensive knowledge of Iraq's bloodstained history and of the forces that made Saddam Hussein into the dictator he became, Simpson fills in the background, from the early years of the last century to the present. He examines the period leading up to the first Gulf War, the war itself and its immediate aftermath. He describes the increasing tyranny of Saddam's regime in the years that followed the war, the reality of his weapons programme and why the UN weapons inspectors were allowed to return and what they discovered when they did. He shows in minute detail how and why, in the wake of 11 September, the threat from Iraq seemed to be increasing and how and why the West went to war in March 2003."--BOOK JACKET
We chose to speak of war and strife : the world of the foreign correspondent by John Simpson( Book )

7 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In corners of the globe where fault-lines erupt into bloodshed and civil war, foreign correspondents have, for hundreds of years, been engaged in uncovering the latest news and--despite obstacles bureaucratic, political, and violent--reporting it by whatever means available. It's a working life that is difficult, exciting, and undeniably glamorous. These stories celebrate an endangered tradition. Where once despatches were trusted to the hands of a willing sea-captain, telegraph operator, or stranger in an airport queue prepared to spirit a can of undeveloped film back to London, today the digital realm has transformed the relaying of the news--even if the work of gathering it in the field has changed little
Despatches from the barricades : an eye-witness account of the revolutions that shook the world, 1989-90 by John Simpson( Book )

8 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in English and French and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unreliable sources : how the 20th century was reported by John Simpson( Book )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For almost forty years, John Simpson has been covering the biggest news stories of the day and is widely regarded as one of our foremost commentators. Now, after decades of groundbreaking journalism, he turns his attention to the way the British press has reported key moments in our history and charts the development of the reporter's art over the course of the last one hundred years." "From the young Churchill on the Boer War to the creation of the Daily Mail, from the coverage of two world wars to Suez, from the Sun's propping up of the Thatcher government to Blair's press machine and weapons of mass destruction, Simpson tells the true stories behind the headlines. The result is an engaging and astute account of how Britain has been transformed by its free press. Simpson also examines the ways in which the press itself has changed and reveals, in typically trenchant fashion, how the British press has often knowingly - and at times irresponsibly - manipulated events. With his forensic eye for the telling detail, Simpson also asks some searching questions of his own profession, such as whether the press can ever be truly independent - and, if it can, would we really want it to be."--Jacket
A fine & private place by John Simpson( Book )

5 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The disappeared : voices from a secret war by John Simpson( Book )

9 editions published between 1984 and 1986 in English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Behind Iranian lines by John Simpson( Book )

18 editions published between 1988 and 1996 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Broadcaster & writer gives a vivid picture of life in Iran
Moscow requiem by John Simpson( Book )

6 editions published between 1981 and 1987 in English and Japanese and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The darkness crumbles : despatches from the barricades by John Simpson( Book )

6 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the house of war by John Simpson( Book )

10 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Protest! : sixty-five years of rebellion in photographs( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Throughout history, mass demonstrations and protests--both peaceful and violent--have been used to demand and bring about reform. The recent revolutions reverberate across the Middle East serve as a potent reminder of "people power" in the quest for change. This volume covers sixty-five years of powerful images from key moments in the history of popular protest, from the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and the Berlin Wall 1989 and the huge anti-war marches held after the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Featuring the work of some of the world's best photojournalists, the photographs provide a window upon a period of unprecedented political, social, and cultural protest
A traveller's tales by John Simpson( Book )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Simpson offers a lively look at the challenges & changes the world has gone through in his life & long career. He looks at the world's troubles & takes the perhaps surprising view that it's actually not nor will be the end of the world
A mad world, my masters : tales from a traveller's life by John Simpson( Book )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume of writing is a celebration of some of the world's wilder places that the author has been to on his travels. His experiences include stories about a television camera crew that killed people, and about how Colonel Gadhaffi farted his way through an interview
Afghanistan : 12 years of violence by Discovery School Channel( Visual )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Chart the history of Afghanistan, from the Soviet invasion to civil war between ethnic tribes to the rise of the Taliban. This war-torn country was once home to many sophisticated, educated, artistic people. But by the late 1990s, it became an international center for smuggling drugs and precious stones--and the headquarters of Osama bin Laden."--Container
In the forests of the night : encounters in Peru with terrorism, drug-running and military oppression by John Simpson( Book )

8 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In one of the most dangerous and thrilling investigations of his distinguished career, world-renowned journalist John Simpson journeyed into Peru's heart of darkness on the trail of Abimael Guzman, who, at the time of his arrest, was the leader of the Shining Path guerrilla movement. This vivid, disturbing book reveals how violence breeds violence in a police state whose economy revolves around cocaine, and how, amid all the casual torture and slaughter, certain brave individuals are prepared to put their lives at risk to tell the truth. John Simpson's expedition into the heart of South America is structured in two parts. First, he traveled to the rainforests of Brazil, where he visited the Ashaninca tribe of Indians in the Amazonian jungle, had a harrowing experience when his canoe capsized in a piranha-infested river, and was persuaded to sample a native hallucinogenic drink called dime. The second and most hazardous part of his journey was to Peru, a country that provides more than 70 percent of the raw material of the entire world's cocaine supply. There Simpson penetrated a hinterland of violence and despair. Simpson spoke to families whose children had been taken away in the middle of the night by the Peruvian army and were never seen or heard from again. He met with people whose lives had been torn apart by Shining Path terrorists. Helped by a few brave friends who risked their lives to provide information and guidance, Simpson and his BBC documentary team were introduced to men and women who testified against army officers involved in the smuggling of coca to Colombia. This is an inspiring story, written with all the color and pace of a thriller, but showing the hard facts about one of the world's most brutal regimes and its equally brutal opponents
50 years of BBC television news( Visual )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at the birth of BBC Television News in Britain at 7.30 pm on 5th July 1954. Shows how, over the next 50 years, BBC Television News reported all the major events that have shaped the world. Includes special features on how the newsreels were made in 1953, 1963 and 2004
Strange places, questionable people by John Simpson( Book )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this autobiography, BBC foreign news editor, John Simpson reflects on his career. His experiences range from being punched in the stomach by Harold Wilson, posing as a mercenary in Zaire, escaping summary execution in Beirut, to tangling with the cocaine barons of Colombia
Reporting the world by John Simpson( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Packed with incident and anecdote, this is vintage Simpson and gives readers a unique insight into the way a journalist follows a story, even when the odds are stacked against them .Simpson's third entertaining volume of autobigraphy follows his, and the BBCs, recent liberation of Kabul
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The Oxford book of exile
The wars against Saddam : taking the hard road to BaghdadUnreliable sources : how the 20th century was reportedA traveller's talesA mad world, my masters : tales from a traveller's lifeIn the forests of the night : encounters in Peru with terrorism, drug-running and military oppressionStrange places, questionable peopleReporting the world
Alternative Names
Fidler-Simpson, John Cody.

Fidler-Simpson, John Cody 1944-

John Simpson Brits journalist

John Simpson Englischer Journalist, Jahrgang 1944

John Simpson Journaliste anglais, né en 1944

Simpson, John

Simpson, John Cody Fidler.

Джон Симпсон

جان سیمپسون ژورنالیست و نویسنده بریتانیایی

심프슨, 존 1944-


ジョンシンプソン 1944-