December 12, 2015
Real Life Courageous American Spy Remembered
He believes that a journalist should retain the qualities of detachment, curiosity, and skepticism. He explained that the title for the book came out of his belief that "a journalist should never join the establishment, no matter how tempting the blandishments. It is our job to hold power to account, not join it. In a world that increasingly obsesses over the gods of power, money, and fame, a journalist and a writer must remain detached, like a bird on a rail, watching, noting, probing, commenting, but never joining. In short, an outsider."
The legendary books The Day of the Jackal and The Odessa File were based on Forsyth's real-life journalistic experiences.
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The Odessa File is based on the real-life fugitive known as the "Butcher of Riga." It chronicles the life-and-death hunt of a notorious former concentration camp-commander, a man responsible for the deaths of thousands.
November 26, 2015
The Amazing Life of Frederick Forsyth
By Elise Cooper