eB007-Beirut part one: Working in Beirut Lebanon during the 80s it was quite a time. This was the first time I had ever been out of the country for any length of time. I had never been in the Middle East before I would often go walking around with my camera taking photographs. I had no idea just how dangerous this was people would stop me and ask Yeah, what do you think you are doing or you cannot be walking in these neighborhoods with gestures to the camera.
Yes I was doing it all the time little did I know that I could easily spent years in prison or be held for ransom. Working for CBS News in Lebanon during the early 80s was quite an adventure. I got to meet great people like Larry Pentax, Bob Simon and, many, many more. I was there for almost 2 ½ years. This book is a testimony of everyday life in Beirut during those troubled times.
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