Ian Mather has been a journalist for 48 years, most of the time as a foreign and defence correspondent for national newspapers. He is now an author, a freelance journalist and an international election monitor. He is married with three grown-up children and lives in Muswell Hill, London.  
HOT WAR COLD WAR - History From a Reporter's Notebooks    
Contents - Volume One Contents - Volume Two Contents - Volume Three
1 Baghdad, January-February 1987 The Battle of Basra  
2 Babylon, January 1987 Mene Mene Tekel Upharsim  
3 Falkand Islands, February-March 1987 More Lives Lost in the South Atlantic  
4 Marshall Islands, October 1986 The Slum of the Pacific  
5 Fulda Gap, West-East German Border Eyeball to Eyeball  
6 Baghdad, January 1987 An Encounter with Saddam Hussein's Ruthless Enforcer  
7 Cheyenne, May 1987 Inside a 'Peacekeeper' Missile Silo  
8 The Persian Gulf, September 1987 The Tanker War  
9 Kabul, Afghanistan, January 1988 The Beginning of the End for the Russians  
10 Khost, Afghanistan, January 1988 A Journey to Osama Bin Laden Land  
11 Afghanistan, May 1988 ....And I Counted The Russians Out  
12 Iraqi Kurdistan, September 1988 'Denial Land': Chemical Weapons and the Iraqi Kurds  
13 Warsaw and Gdansk, November 1988 Margaret Thatcher in Poland  
14 Bucharest, December 1989 Death of a Cold War Dictator  
15 London 1989-1990 Another Journalist Pays the Ultimate Price  
16 Saudi Arabia, January 1991 The First Gulf War: The Build-up  
17 Hafar Al Batin, Saudi Arabia February 1991 The Gulf War: Embeds Versus Unilaterals  
18 Kuwait Border, February 1991 Was I the First Reporter Into Kuwait?  
19 Kuwait City, February-March 1991 'Thank You, Liberators'  
20 Kuwait, March 1991 The Highway of Death  
21 Croatia, October 1992 Civil War in Yugoslavia  
22 Dubrovnik, October 1992 The Siege of Dubrovnik  
23 Sarajevo, October 1992 Sarajevo at Last  
24 Sarajevo, May 1993 Life Under Shell Fire  
25 Murmansk, October 1998 Russia's Nuclear Graveyard  
During the Falklands War in 1982 Ian Mather, Defence Correspondent of The Observer, was arrested in Argentina. He was charged with espionage and locked up in Ushuaia Prison, Tierra Del Fuego - the most southerly prison in the world. This is his account of how he survived. It reveals how journalists are put in peril when governments blur the borderline between legitimate reporting and the murky world of espionage.