War of Wordsmiths
James Meek's protagonist is a reporter on the front lines
We Are Now Beginning Our Descent:
by James Meek
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The war correspondent is all too often a strutting animal. Since his appearance in the mid-nineteenth century as a British gentleman in the Crimean War, he has typically gotten the story wrong, collected songs of praise for doing so, and been forced, by some diligent, ego-free historian, to live out his days permanently corrected.
Every so often, a mutation occurs. An Ernest Hemingway, a John Hersey, a newspaperman first,