How to Avoid Being Killed in a War Zone, by Rosie Garthwaite. 2011.
Subtitle: “The essential survival guide for dangerous places.”
This is a how-to book for journalists and anyone else heading into a war zone. How to prepare before you get there, how to run your team, how to cope with guns, riots, and weather, how to spot a fake checkpoint, how to survive if you’re stranded in a jungle or desert; also, how to realize that it’s time to go home and how to deal with the mental repercussions of the job.
The author draws on her own experience of years of reporting from the Middle East, her training as a former British Army officer, and interviews with many experienced correspondents. The stories they tell of things that went well, or went very badly, are fascinating.
The third audience for the book, besides those going to war zones and those interested in behind-the-scenes anecdotes, is people interested in preparedness. The chapters on first aid and emergency medicine and on how to survive if stranded in the woods or during extreme weather are fairly comprehensive.