On The Front Lines Of The Television War: A Legendary War Cameraman In Vietnam
- Modern Warfare, Vietnam & Korea
The shooting war
In 1966, Yasutsune "Tony" Hirashiki arrived in Vietnam as a young freelancer with a 16mm camera but without a job or the slightest grasp of English. Ten years later, he was literally thrown on one of the last flights out as Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese. On The Frontlines of the Television War is the award-winning memoir of his ten-year odyssey.
Hirashiki's account has all the hallmarks of the best battle memoirs, but it is primarily a story of people: the soldiers who fought and died, and those who recorded their stories. The great books on Vietnam journalism have been about reporters and photographers-but if this was truly the first "television war," then it is time to hear the story of the cameramen who shot the pictures.
"Tony Hirashiki is an essential piece of the foundation on which ABC was built. From the day he approached the Bureau Chief in Saigon with a note pinned to his shirt saying he could shoot pictures to the anxious afternoon of 9/11 when we lost him in the collapse of the Twin Towers (and he emerged covered in dust clutching his precious beta tapes,) Tony reported the news with his camera and in doing so, he brought the truth about the important events of our day to millions of Americans."-David Westin, Former President of ABC News
About the Authors
Yasutsune "Tony" Hirashiki was an ABC News cameraman from 1966 to 2006. Consistently known as the best cameraman in the company, he was present for virtually every major event in the Vietnam War, and went on to work in danger zones around the world.
Terry Irving probably carried some of Tony's newsfilm in the early 1970s, when he was a motorcycle courier for ABC News. He then became an award-winning TV news producer, writer, and consultant.
Additional Book Details
|Release Date:||March 1, 2017|