Accompanied by armed Kurdish guides and a 72-year-old Turkish interpreter, the six-feet-three-inch, seersucker-suit-clad Schmidt traveled, often at night, a secret route by foot, mule, horse and, on two occasions, jeep into the high Kurdish mountains to report on “the fightingest people in the Middle East” as no foreign journalist had done before. The physical dangers were acute—his group was strafed more than once by the Iraqi air force. Along the way, Schmidt learned about the history and culture of the Kurds, whose cause Barzani hoped Schmidt could convey to the world.
Originally published in 1964 and now back in print with a new foreword by historian Charles Glass,Journey Among Brave Men is an enduring testament to the power of audacious journalism and to the strong will of the Kurds, an embattled people who remain in search of an independent state today.
Charles Glass was ABC News Chief Middle East Correspondent from 1983 to 1993, and he is the author of many books on World War II and on the Middle East, includingTribes with Flags. HisThe Northern Front: A War Diary is an account of the 2003 invasion of Iraq set in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Praise forJourney Among Brave Men:
“It is not often nowadays that eminent foreign correspondents steal away on borrowed mules into forbidden rebel territories, leaving no forwarding address and revealing no details of their route . . . One can only marvel at the author's indefatigable industry and power of enthusiÂasm, which makes him one of the most reliable of all daily paper reporters . . . An excellent, fair and patently honest piece of work.”—Jan Morris,New York Times
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