by John McBeth
Paperback; 368 pages
232 x 152mm
Pub Date: April 2022
Reporter is an account of John McBeth’s 50-year journey through Asia, more than half of that time as a correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review, the venerable magazine long regarded as the region’s English-language Bible on political and economic affairs. While necessarily a memoir, the book is more a reflection of the lives of a small group of foreign journalists who came to Asia on a wing and a prayer — and in McBeth’s case by ship — and stayed on as fascinated witnesses to a region going through turbulent times and historic change.
Part-history, part-analysis, part story-telling and, in a smaller way, part-commentary on the salad days of print journalism and its steady decline under the onslaught of television and the Internet, Reporter introduces us to a diverse cast of journalists, diplomats, officials, politicians and generals McBeth meets and befriends along the way.
New in paperback to make 50 years reporting in Asia, the original book has been complemented with a new introduction and a new chapter “The Defining Years” which bring McBeth’s story up to date.