Ed Vulliamy has been a reporter for The Guardian and The Observer for over thirty years. He is the author of The War Is Dead, Long Live the War: Bosnia: The Reckoning. His new book is When Words Fail: A Life with Music, War and Peace. (December 2018)

IN THE REVIEW

‘It’s What We Do’

Marie Colvin, London, 2005

In Extremis: The Life and Death of the War Correspondent Marie Colvin

by Lindsey Hilsum

A Private War: Marie Colvin and Other Tales of Heroes, Scoundrels, and Renegades

by Marie Brenner
In 2003 the Frontline Club was established in the Paddington quarter of London by war reporters from the disbanded Frontline Television News, in pursuit of what one of its founders, Vaughan Smith, called “eating, drinking and thinking”; its members are mostly a band of Ancient Mariners, with tales of the …

High and Dry

A US Border Patrol agent, New Mexico, 2009; photograph by Eros Hoagland from his book Reckoning: At the Frontier, published by Kehrer in 2014

The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border

by Francisco Cantú
On the first page of The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border, Francisco Cantú uses the phrase “broken earth” to describe the parched ground beneath his feet. It’s an appropriate expression with which to open his account of policing the US–Mexico borderland—an area that the writer Gloria Anzaldúa …