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.
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.
Eclectic and entertaining...a stellar array of writers...a lasting testimony to the power of the written word.
A must-have for history buffs, trivia addict and anyone with an interest in living history.
A brilliant, highly enjoyable tome.
Addictive and easy to dip into, readers will feel like they are viewing the events featured first hand.