As a narrative of the political history of the Sri Lankan civil war, the Taliban in Afghanistan, and other South Asian disasters, this story lacks timeliness and detail. But it does possess some merit in demonstrating the growth of a political journalist. For the past two decades, Pratap has worked for Indian and American news magazines and for CNN, covering events of horrible brutality and suffering that include civil wars and natural disasters throughout South Asia. Although events are presented in a strange, nonsequential jumble, Pratap's impressionistic accounts are deeply evocative of the pain she witnessed. Of more interest, however, is following Pratap's response to these events, as she evolves from a babbling, hysterical novice to a smooth, hardened professional. Unfortunately, the prose is uneven in narrative voice, and frequent patchwork paragraphs provide awkward transitions between chapters. The work would have benefited from a stronger editorial effort. Recommended only marginally for public libraries.-John F. Riddick. Central Michigan Univ. Lib., Mt. Pleasant Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.