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We Were There

Imprint: Profile Books
Subject: History & Classics

We Were There

An Eyewitness History of the Twentieth Century

Robert Fox

'A most wonderful collection...I will put it on my shelf and take it off over and over again' Simon Schama

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9781847651891 (9 Dec 2010)

About the book

What was it like to be there at the very moment when great events took place; when great figures strode onto the world stage; when the wonderful, the terrible, the diverting and the just plain curious happened? In this acclaimed collection of eyewitness reportage, Robert Fox brings together accounts from soldiers, journalists, poets, scientists, adventurers, chance bystanders and many more to create a vivid, compelling history of the twentieth century as it happened.

Covering two world wars, revolutions, discoveries and the rise and fall of empires across the globe, We Were There reports on the defining moments of the last hundred or so years, from the turn of the last century through the Wall Street Crash and D-Day, to the Vietnam War, Tiananmen Square and 9/11. These evocative reports from around the world - by figures ranging from Vera Brittain to Neil Armstrong and Rosa Parks to the Baghdad blogger - show that the very best eyewitness reporting is as gripping as it is invaluable.

About the author

Robert Fox has been a professional reporter, commentator, author and broadcaster for nearly 40 years. He has reported from the front in the Falklands (for which he was awarded an MBE), the Middle East, including Iraq and the Palestinian territories, Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan. He is defence correspondent for the Evening Standard and senior associate fellow at the Centre for Defence Studies at King's College, London. He regularly comments for the BBC and Sky, and writes online for the Guardian and The First Post and in print for publications including the TLS and the Tablet.


Robert Fox has a scholar's instinct and a journalist's eye for the crucial, revealing and defining moment. This is a superb, revealing and stimulating volume.

- Peter Hennessy

Eclectic and entertaining...a stellar array of writers...a lasting testimony to the power of the written word.

- Paul Dunn, The Times

A must-have for history buffs, trivia addict and anyone with an interest in living history.

- Jennifer Ryan, Image

A brilliant, highly enjoyable tome.

- Julian Fleming, Sunday Business Post

Addictive and easy to dip into, readers will feel like they are viewing the events featured first hand.

- N/A, Soldier Magazine

Additional Information

Imprint: Profile Books
Subject: History & Classics