Anyone Here Been Raped and Speaks English? (Updated Edition)

Author(s): Edward Samuel Behr

Second Hand Military History

An account of Edward Behr's time in China and South-East Asia during the 60s and 70s.


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"I like memoirs of journalists and humanitarian workers. You would find in them details and stories within large historical events that would compliment history books and illustrate them with names, faces, and events that would make them more easy to imagine and understand. This is the case particularly when they are well written by a traveller who is observant and who has a good command of his language and imagery.

Edward Behr is a great journalist and has been a foreign correspondent in a particularly interesting period of the Twentieth Century. Having been a soldier in British India and in Indonesia in the Second World War and then a foreign correspondent working for Reuters, Time/Life, and freelancing his way through Pakistan, India, Algeria, Congo, China, Hong Kong, and Vietnam.

He has been lucky (or unlucky, depending on how you look at things) enough to live through the wars of independent in Algeria, sit for dinner with Chairman Mao, and go through the rough battle fields of Vietnam war including witnessing the Tet offensive in 1968. He writes about all that rigorously but with a personal touch that is easy to follow and sympathise with. Unlike some others, he doesn't come across as a violence obsessed psychopath but as a sympathetic human being who likes and believes in what he does.

I bought this book for nearly nothing from a pile of used books attracted by the weird title (which is something he didn't say himself but heard being yelled in the Congo by a BBC journalist) and it lived on my shelf for a couple of years before I picked it up. I am always happy when such a happy coincidence happens and almost never regret stopping by used book places even when a good book only comes my way once every long while... this is specifically when a book like this, published in 1979 and long out of print, is the harvest of the day." - Tammam Aloudat (Good Reads)

Edward Samuel Behr was a journalist; he worked primarily as a foreign & war correspondent. He began his career in the early 1950s with the Reuters news agency, then worked for Time-Life, serving as bureau chief in several cities around the world for Time Magazine. He then took a position with Newsweek in 1965 as Asia bureau chief, based in Hong Kong. Later in his career, Mr. Behr also made a number of documentaries for the BBC. He wrote several books during his life on various subjects, including a memoir which was published in 1978.

General Fields

  • : 9780450053603
  • : Headline Publishing Group
  • : Headline Book Publishing
  • : January 1985
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Edward Samuel Behr
  • : Paperback
  • : English