YOUR NIGHTLY VIDEO: Reporters at War — And ‘The Quiet American’

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By: Greg Mitchell

Few writers have ever captured the conflicted life of a reporter with the style of Graham Greene in “The Quiet American,” “The End of the Affair,” and other novels. Many of his books have also been turned into movies, including those two, plus “The Comedians,” “Our Man in Havana” and the classic “The Third Man” (which actually started as a Greene screenplay).

He also happens to be my favorite modern writer and “The Quiet American” may be my favorite novel of the past century. Written in the 1950s, and based on Greene’s experience in Vietnam — which included opium smoking and brothel visits — it also reflects his keen observations of various foreign correspondents, including Seymour Topping.

The book was also remarkably prescient on the coming U.S. involvement in Vietnam and the way it would play out. There are even echoes down to this day in the Iraq war.

Here is the trailer for the very good recent film starring Michael Caine as Fowler/Greene.

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Previous: President Rush Limbaugh? Veep Ann Coulter?

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Special preview of the great Richard Thompson’s forthcoming antiwar song.

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As you may have heard, Fox is unveiling its answer to “The Daily Show,” with a conservative edge. It’s called “The 1/2 Hour News Hour.” Here’s a sample clip.

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Robert Novak blows his stack — at longtime partner, Rowland Evans.

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“The Lives of Others,” on domestic spying in East Germany in the 1980s, should win the Oscar for best foreign film next week.

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