Ian Mather 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.  
   
  Ian Mather’s career as a newspaper correspondent covered many of the conflicts of the late-Twentieth century. From hot wars, such as Vietnam, to the Arctic wastes of the Cold War, he witnessed major events first-hand. This is his story, as recollected from the unique resource of hundreds of notebooks he kept during his career, which included many years as Defence Correspondent for The Observer. Since journalism is the first draft of history, and notebooks are its raw material, they are, therefore, historical documents, and often unique. PART ONE covers the years 1967 to 1980, from the dying embers of British rule in Aden, through the Nigerian Civil War, the United States’ involvement in Vietnam, and Russia’s invasion of Czechoslovakia. The author witnessed war and upheavals in the Sub-Continent, and the violent eruption of fundamentalist Islam in revolutionary Iran. Then, as the decade closes, these worlds are brought head-to-head in the Russian invasion of Afghanistan – an event at which he was the only Western journalist present. With illustrations and photographs, many taken by the author.  
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  CONTENTS  
  Chapter 1 Aden, September 1967  
  2 Vietnam: The Tet Offensive  
  3 Biafra: War in Africa’s Land of the Rising Sun  
  4 Czechoslovakia: The Russian Invasion  
  5 Civil war in Jordan  
  6 India vs. Pakistan and the birth of Bangladesh  
  7 Vietnam: The beginning of the end  
  8 The Cod War: consorting with the enemy  
  9 Return to Vietnam  
  10 The Coronation of a Black Napoleon  
  11 An encounter with Colonel Gaddafi  
  12 Chile versus Argentina at the End of the World  
  13 Deathwatch in Pakistan  
  14 Revolutionay Iran  
  15 I counted the Russians into Afghanistan  
       
  Ian Mather's First Book  
  Book Cover 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.  
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  Some illustrations from the book:  
  Model of prisoner in old Ushuaia prison, now a museum The author in prison, drawn by Margaret Mather from her imagination Memorial to the General Belgrano dead in an Ushuaia park The Campaign Poster The family at the 1982 press conference  
  Model of prisoner in old Ushuaia prison, now a museum The author in prison, drawn by Margaret Mather from her imagination Memorial to the General Belgrano dead in an Ushuaia park The Campaign Poster The family at the 1982 press conference at Gatwick Airport