Signed Copy: On the Frontlines of the Television War
- By Tony Hirashiki
- Hardcover: 304 pages
On The Frontlines of the Television War: A Legendary War Cameraman in Vietnam is the astounding story of Yasutsune "Tony" Hirashiki's 10 years in Vietnam, beginning in 1966 as a young Japanese freelancer who didn't speak English, arriving without a job, but carrying a 16mm camera, through to the hectic fall of Saigon in 1975, when he was thrown onto one of the last flights leaving the South Vietnamese capital.
His memoir tells of peril, hardship, and close calls, but it is also a story of very real and remarkable people: the soldiers who fought, bled, and died, and the reporters and photographers who went with them to the frontlines to record their stories and memorialize their sacrifice. In the years since the Vietnam war, Hirashiki has become legendary, known as ABC's best cameraman and someone that you’d want by your side if you were walking into danger. Present at important major events in Vietnam, he has since worked in danger zones around the world.
Former President of ABC News David Westin said, "Tony Hirashiki is an essential piece of the foundation on which ABC was built. From the day he approached the Bureau Chief in Saigon with a note pinned to his shirt saying he could shoot pictures to the anxious afternoon of 9/11 when we lost him in the collapse of the Twin Towers (and he emerged covered in dust clutching his precious beta tapes), Tony reported the news with his camera and in doing so, he brought the truth about the important events of our day to millions of Americans."
This special copy is signed by Hirashiki, editor Terry Irving, and ABC's senior foreign correspondent Barrie Dunsmore. For more book selections, please visit our Books Collection.