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Club Online Zoom Event: Book Talk – ‘You Don’t Belong Here: How Three Women Rewrote the Story of War’

Date: 9 Mar 2021 12:00 AM | Venue:

Book Talk – ‘You Don’t Belong Here: How Three Women Rewrote the Story of War’
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
8:00pm HKT on Zoom
In You Don’t Belong Here: How Three Women Rewrote the Story of War, Elizabeth Becker tells the long-buried story of three extraordinary female journalists who permanently shattered the official and cultural barriers to women covering war. Kate Webb, a New Zealand-born iconoclast, Catherine Leroy, a French daredevil photographer, and Frances FitzGerald, a blue-blood American intellectual, arrived in Vietnam with starkly different life experiences but one shared purpose: to report on the most consequential story of the decade. At a time when women were considered unfit to be foreign reporters, they paid their own way to war, arrived without jobs and challenged the rules imposed on them by the military. In this talk, Becker will discuss how these three women ignored the belittlement and resentment of their male peers and found new ways to explain the war through the people who lived through it. Moderated by FCC First Vice President Eric Wishart.
Elizabeth Becker is an award-winning journalist and author who began her career as a war correspondent for the Washington Post in Cambodia. She later became the senior foreign editor for National Public Radio and a New York Times correspondent covering national security and foreign policy. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including accolades from the Overseas Press Club, DuPont Columbia’s Awards and was a member of the Times team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for covering 9/11. She is the author of two previous books, When the War was Over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge Revolution, the definitive book on the event that has been in print for 20 years; and Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism, an exposé of the travel industry.


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