This text offers an insight into the efforts endured by journalists covering stories for newspapers and magazines. For more than 20 years, Claude Salhani travelled throughout the often volatile Middle East as a photojournalist and reporter, in search of the region's biggest stories. Wars, terrorist acts, demonstrations by religious extremists and the flight of refugees were among the events he witnessed. From exclusive travels with former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to intimate moments with combatants in the battle for Beirut to the forbidden world of drug smugglers in Lebanon, and finally to the rise of Desert Storm, Salhani takes the reader behind the scenes of many stories. He demonstrates that behind the front-page story, an equally intriguing tale is often hidden - that of the difficult, bizarre and sometimes even comical circumstances under which the story was obtained. Offering insights into the potent mixture of journalism and warfare, the text shares with readers a journey into the headline-grabbing sagas which have plagued the Middle East for three decades from a behind-the-lens perspective.
Claude Salhani, a photojournalist, reporter, and news executive for the last twenty-eight years, is currently Director of the UPI NewsPicture Service in Washington, D.C. His photographs and articles have been published in numerous newspapers and magazines in Europe and the United States, including Time, Newsweek, Paris Match, and many others.