What was it like to be there at the very moment when great events took place; when great figures strode onto the world stage; when the wonderful, the terrible, the diverting and the just plain curious happened? In this acclaimed collection of eyewitness reportage, Robert Fox brings together accounts from soldiers, journalists, poets, scientists, adventurers, chance bystanders and many more to create a vivid, compelling history of the twentieth century as it happened.
Covering two world wars, revolutions, discoveries and the rise and fall of empires across the globe, We Were There reports on the defining moments of the last hundred or so years, from the turn of the last century through the Wall Street Crash and D-Day, to the Vietnam War, Tiananmen Square and September 11. These evocative reports from around the world - by figures ranging from Vera Brittain to Neil Armstrong and Rosa Parks to the Baghdad blogger - show that the very best eyewitness reporting is as gripping as it is invaluable.
Robert Fox has been a professional reporter, commentator, author and broadcaster for nearly 40 years. He has reported from the front in the Falklands (for which he was awarded an MBE), the Middle East, including Iraq and the Palestinian territories, Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan. He is former defence correspondent for the Evening Standard, and contributor to numerous publications including Independent on Sunday and the New Statesman.