Friday, July 14, 2006

My Battle of Algiers: A Memoir

In this extremely candid look at his life, journalist Ted Morgan talks about his time spent fighting in the French army during the Algerian War. He speaks candidly about the torture that became an accepted way of dealing with one of the first uses of urban terrorism by the Algerian resistance fighters. Eventually he is assigned a post at a propagandist newspaper and serves most of his tour of duty in this role. The book makes some interesting comparisons to the "war on terrorism" and some deeply personal revelations about his own actions. If you are interested in the time period or that part of the world this is a fascinating but incomplete look at that war.

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