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Reporter is an account of John McBeth"s 40-year journey through Asia,more than half of that time as a correspondent for the Far EasternEconomic Review, the venerable magazine long regarded as theregion"s Englishlanguage Bible on political and economic affairs.While necessarily a memoir, the book is more a reflection of the livesof a small group of foreign journalists who came to Asia on a wing anda prayer - and in McBeth"s case by ship - and stayed on as fascinatedwitnesses to a region going through turbulent times and historic change.Part-history, part-analysis, part story-telling and, in a smaller way,partcommentary on the salad days of print journalism and its steadydecline under the onslaught of television and the Internet, Reporterintroduces us to a diverse cast of journalists, diplomats, officials,politicians and generals McBeth meets and befriends along the way.The book deals with the five coups and attempted coups McBethcovered during his 16 years in Thailand; the Khmer Rouge reign ofterror; the Indochinese refugee invasion; and the dramatic democratictransitions in South Korea and Indonesia, which helped change theface of onceauthoritarian Asia.

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