Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Writers Worth Reading

War is not an easy topic to discuss, write about and especially report on. Particularly because it's a challenge to avoid any type of voice.

However, there is a journalist I have come across who has done a great job -- David Wood.
Wood writes about war for Politics Daily. In 30 years of covering conflict, he has filed dispatches from dozens of battlefields (alphabetically, from Afghanistan to Zambia) and has embedded many times with U.S. Army and Marine Corps units as well as with guerrillas and brigands in Africa. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his reporting on conflict, national security and foreign affairs.


I missed President Obama's address last night but luckily, I stumbled upon Wood's article covering the event: Obama in Oval Office Address: Iraq War Combat Mission Is Over


He starts off with the most important piece:

"President Obama Tuesday night declared an end to the U.S. combat mission in Iraq after 89 months of fighting that has killed 4,416 Americans and cost $708 billion so far"

and then effortlessly flows into an informative article covering everything there is to know about the issue.

The most important part being, he makes it engaging. I only wanted to know the highlights; instead, I ended up reading the entire article. Now that's skill.

On a subject matter like war, it's important to keep the reader's attention so they get all the facts. He does that with his writing style and use of quotes. Every quote had a purpose in this article and added life to the story.

I definitely recommend checking out more of Wood's stories:

No Brass Bands When Troops Return Home From Iraq

Iraq Scorecard: The War so Far

The Long War: Afghanistan After July 2011

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