The Face Of War | Granta

  • Published: 01/04/1998
  • ISBN: 9781862071506
  • 130x20mm
  • 416 pages

The Face Of War

Martha Gellhorn

Martha Gellhorn was one of the twentieth century’s greatest war correspondents. The Face of War is a selection of her reports, on the conflicts in Spain, Finland, China and World War II, with later reports on Vietnam, Israel and Central America.

One of the very greatest correspondents to cover the conflicts of this bloodies and most violent of centuries


The Author

Martha Gellhorn (1908-98) was born in St Louis, Missouri. In 1930, she talked her way into a free passage to Europe and arrived in Paris with seventy-five dollars in her pocket and the conviction that she could earn a living as a foreign correspondent. She returned to the United States in 1934 and two years later published her acclaimed The Trouble I’ve Seen. It was at this time that she met Ernest Hemingway, whom she married. In 1937 she returned to Europe as a war correspondent, and for the first nine years she reported on the wars in Spain, Finland, China and Java and finally from Europe during the Second World War. After 1946 she continued to report on whatever engaged her interest and concern, from Vietnam to the Middle East and the wars in Central America. As well as her journalism, Martha Gellhorn was the author of novels, collections of stories, novellas, works of non-fiction and a play.

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The View From The Ground

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Martha Gellhorn’s peacetime dispatches bear witness to six decades of change: America in the Great Depression, the betrayal of Czechoslovakia, young Poles undaunted by their Communist government, the trial of Adolf Eichmann, Spain in the days after Franco’s death, Cuba revisited after forty-one years. Here is history as it looked and felt to the people who lived through it. Intense, courageous and vividly readable, The View from the Ground is a remarkable act of testimony.

Martha Gellhorn on

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Ohne Mich: Why I Shall Never Return To Germany

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‘Nothing would have brought me back except that I worried about the European Community whose full flowering I will surely not live to see but I invest my faith in it.’

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The Invasion of Panama

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‘He turned his frantic smile and his sorrowful eyes to me, making sure I understood. “Nothing like this ever happened in Panama. Never.”’

Essays & Memoir | The Online Edition

The Thirties

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Martha Gellhorn on Paris in the thirties, cadging bed and breakfast off H.G. Wells and living in the White House with the Roosevelts.