A wide-ranging and lasting collection of writing by one of the most outstanding and courageous reporters of our era.
Until her murder in October 2006, Anna Politkovskaya wrote for the Russian newspaper Novaya gazeta. She won international fame for her reporting on the Chechen wars and, more generally, on Russian state corruption. Nothing but the Truth is a defining collection of Anna Politkovskaya's best writing for Novaya gazeta, published between 1999 and 2006.
Beginning with a brief introduction by the author about her pariah status, Nothing but the Truth demonstrates the great breadth of her reportage, from the Chechen wars to domestic Russian affairs, the Moscow theatre hostage-taking in which she became involved, the Beslan school siege, and pieces about politicians, oligarchs and ordinary citizens.
Elsewhere are illuminating accounts of interviews and encounters with western leaders including Lionel Jospin, Tony Blair, George W. Bush, and exiled figures including Boris Berezovsky, Akhmed Zakaev, and Vladimir Bukovsky. Her non-political writing is also represented here, revealing her delightful personality, as are international reactions to her murder.
Nothing but the Truth will also stand as a tribute to Anna Politkovskaya's matter-of-fact personal courage, disclosing information glossed over or omitted completely about the dangers she faced and the threats she received in the course of her work. It is a lasting and inspiring book from one of the great reporters of our age.
“The dispatches selected for this volume...make for a compelling body of work”
Mary Dejevsky, Indepedent
Peter Preston, Observer
“Shows her strength as a chronicler... Her eye for detail was unfailing”
John Lloyd, Financial Times
“This collection of journalism should remind people of the big, obvious fact that sometimes gets forgotten: Anna Politkovskaya was a fantastic reporter. She knew what a story was, how to get it and how to tell it. Dead or alive, she demands to be read and heard and trusted...”
Andrew Hosken, The Oldie
“There is some remarkable court reporting. Proceedings to bring one mass murderer to justice are brought brilliantly to life. But it is not all death and destruction. Also included is other journalism, including some delightful pieces on issues ranging from death of passion in Russia to the challenges in brining up a psychologically damaged dog....Politkovskya was murdered...but she has not been silenced and her journalism should continue to speak to us long after the riffraff she confronted are thankfully gone from the scene”
“An impressive testimony to the most courageous form of journalism- dedicated to unearthing inconvenient facts and making uncomfortable arguments”