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Looking for Trouble

Cockburn, Leslie

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ISBN 10: 0385483198 / ISBN 13: 9780385483193
Published by Doubleday, 1998
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First printing. Flat SIGNED by Leslie Cockburn on the title page. The volume is bumped at the spine ends, The unclipped dust jacket, sleeved in mylar, has thin reinforcing strips of tape on the spine crown and top corners. Bookseller Inventory # 15011565

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Title: Looking for Trouble

Publisher: Doubleday

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed

Edition: First Edition

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News correspondent Leslie Cockburn has dined with the Cali Cartel, marched with the Khmer Rouge, hunted down the Black Turban in Afghanistan, pursued the Russian mafia to the Arctic Circle, shared pomegranate sauce with the Ayatollahs, and stopped a small Kurdish war, but she has never told these stories in a book-until now.

Cockburn was one of the first women to break into the tight fraternity of combat and third-world reportage when she began work at the London bureau of NBC News in 1976-where successful news gathering required "unorthodox tactics, stamina, and, for best results, a criminal mind." By the time she moved to CBS's "60 Minutes," Cockburn had interviewed Muammar Qaddaffi and Margaret Thatcher, been arrested as spy in Gambia, and effectively eliminated whatever doubts her colleagues might have had about a woman's ability to tackle the news business's most dangerous assignments.

A mother of three who has made a career of breaking down barriers, Leslie Cockburn has exposed the tobacco lobby in Washington and human rights violations in Cambodia, and her impact on foreign and domestic policy has been as powerful as her impact on the rights and prerogatives of working women. In an industry in which, as late as 1973, women had to lobby to wear trousers to work, Leslie Cockburn was determined to combine a strong family life with a strong professional life, sacrificing neither.

With a cast of generals, drug lords, rock stars, and kings, LOOKING FOR TROUBLE is the incredible story of a career that has spanned the history-making news events of the last two decades.


From the war-torn jungles of Nicaragua to the inner circle of Russia's black market, Leslie Cockburn (One Point Safe) recounts in vivid detail her experiences of being one of the first women to break into the old boy's club of Third World reporting in Looking for Trouble. While living on a houseboat on the Thames River in London and studying the finer points of Gambian oral poetry, Cockburn was convinced by a friend who had recently befriended a NBC filming crew in Morocco to pursue a career in journalism. Lured by the excitement and glamour of television reporting, Cockburn left academia and landed a job as an NBC News correspondent. Within a short time, she found herself face-to-face with Momar Quadaffi (an interview she almost missed because she overslept) and hobnobbing with the world's key political players. Cockburn's account, from the dredges of Haiti and Papa Doc's gruesome regime to the Sunni-Muslim coup in Afghanistan that barred women from working and seeing male doctors, is a bizarre behind-the-scenes look at Third World reporting. For example, when Cockburn and her husband Andrew befriended Colombian drug czar Pablo Escobar, the most powerful crime lord in South America, he used to sign his letters to them with his thumbprint. Or how about the time she braved the wholesale destruction of Somalia when she was six months pregnant? Her documentaries have gotten her blackballed from the Pentagon, the State Department, and a couple of White House reigns, but they have also changed public opinion, moved policy makers, and helped correct injustices around the world.

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