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Hard Times

The Secret Life of War: Journeys Through Modern Conflict

By Peter Beaumont

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Peter Beaumont, Foreign Affairs Editor of The Observer, has covered a wide range of conflicts across Europe, Africa and the Middle East since joining the paper in 1989. The Secret Life of War is his attempt to distil this experience of war, focusing on the human impact on combatants, civilians and the journalists who observe them. 

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