John Simpson’s eighth book is described by Giles Foden as “a description of the evolution of journalism as a profession” in a recent review of Unreliable Sources: How the 20th Century Was Reported.
“The fact is, all the papers and news organisations whose story is told in this book can look back with an equal measure of pride and shame. They’re all only as good or bad as what they reported yesterday. The press needs its relative positions and traditions. But every morning that trickster figure, the changing context of the news, makes a fool of the abstract. Even the wisest editor goes into morning conference naked.”