On the Frontlines of the Television War

A Legendary War Cameraman in Vietnam – Yasutsune ‘Tony’ Hirashiki

Introduced by Ted Koppel and edited by Terry Irving

We take images of war for granted these days and it seems that we can now ride along with the action from the comfort of our armchairs. It was in the fields of Vietnam that the war cameraman came into his own and the ten-year long conflict was rarely out of the news. The region was flooded with journalists, photographers and cameramen from the outset and what this book, among many things, highlights how many of these guys were killed as a result.

This book is about one of those cameramen, Yasutsune ‘Tony’ Hirashiki who arrived in Vietnam in 1965 without a penny to his name, no job nor a clue of how to speak English. Incredibly, ‘Tony’ was destined to remain in Vietnam right to the end and he was one of the last to be thrown aboard a helicopter during those final hours in Saigon in 1975. This book is Hirashiki’s memoirs and it is gripping from beginning to end backed up by over 100 photographs; every one of them, either on the battlefield or just shots of his colleagues, they add so much weight to this incredible story of luck and bravery.  

Our copy of this book is an ‘Advanced Reading Copy’ and according to the supporting AI sheet, the ‘production’ book will be a hardback containing 304 pages and over 100 photographs, 25 of them in colour. If there were no pictures in this at all, it would still be a great read and an incredible insight into the life of a ‘non-combatant’ in a brutal war.

Thanks to Tom Bonnington at Casemate for our review copy which is available from www.casematepublishing.co.uk.


ISBN: 978-1612004723

Price: £19.99

Pages: 366

Format: softback – 250mm x 175mm

Publisher: Casemate

Website: www.casematepublishers.co.uk