On the Frontlines of the Television War: A Legendary War Cameraman in Vietnam

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About the Author

Yasutsune Tony Hirashiki was an ABC News cameraman from 1966 to 2006. In those four decades he became legendary, consistently known as the best cameraman in the company and certainly the guy you wanted next to you if you were walking into danger. During his time in Vietnam, he was present at virtually every major event. Since then he has worked in danger zones around the world.
Terry Irving probably carried some of Tony's newsfilm in the early 1970s when he was a motorcycle courier for ABC News. He then went into a career in TV news, spending four decades covering news in war zones like Beirut, South Africa, and El Salvador; tragic disasters from Indonesia to New Orleans; and political stories across the US. He has earned a number of awards including: 4 National Emmy Awards, 3 Peabody Awards for Significant and Meritorious Achievement, and 4 Columbia University DuPont Awards (including the first ever gold baton awarded.)


"This is a particularly important book for Americans to read."--Ted Koppel, Former Nightline anchor ABC
"If I could choose one book about Vietnam, it would be Tony Hirashiki's story. He brings you in intimate contact more than anyone else with the grunts who fought this war and the guys who reported it!"--Kurt Volkhert, CBS cameraman and producer
"A candid portrait of a master cameraman. 'On the Frontlines of the Television War' takes you through the danger, death, and poignancy of the battlefield. Vivid, intimate, and heart-wrenching."--Barry Lances, award-winning author of Japantown
"Packed with photos and reminiscences from many other news crews, "On the Frontlines of the Television War" tells a story I'd not heard before. Reading this book took me back to my childhood, watching the evening news. But now I know the effort and at times the human cost it took to bring those images to American living rooms."--Dear Author
"There is a tendency as we approach 2020 for us to assume that everything that occurs on our planet will be recorded for us for instant replay via television or social media. It's an aspect of the modern world that was forecast in children's SF comic strips back in the 1950s, along with regular spaceflights to and from the moon and Mars, which clearly didn't happen but may now be just around the corner... This superb book looks at how we reached this point in TV reporting, and is well worth a few hours of your time."--Books Monthly
"Sometimes a book comes out that astounds the reader, and I believe this is one of them...This is a riveting read. 5 stars."--Soldier Magazine
"The acute details of his recollections of a battle in Happy Valley and the chaos leading to the war's end--which open and close the book--provide highly informative and enjoyable reading... The book's importance lies in its neutrality. Many people have criticized Vietnam War correspondents, especially television reporters, for promoting antiwar sentiments. On the Frontlines of the Television War, which was edited by Terry Irving, contradicts that opinion by telling the story of a closely knit group of professionals who strove to report what they saw as accurately as possible."--The VVA Veteran Books in Review II
"This work is Hirashiki's vivid account of his time in Vietnam - and it's a damn good one...equally emotive and insightful as the dozens of newsreels that set his work apart from the staid 'bang-bang' war drama of other news networks of the time."--All About History
"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." "--Military Modelling
"Hirashiki vividly describes the stories he covered as he, along with other photographers and reporters, crouched next to the American soldiers while under heavy machine-gun fire and exploding grenades... sensitive, honest, and entertaining story about the soldiers who fought and died in Vietnam and the reporters and photographers who were on the frontlines with them to record their stories. On the Frontlines of the Television War would be a good addition to any historian's bookshelf for research or as a supplemental text in a course."--American Journalism Review
5 stars "It is a beautifully told story... [Hirashiki] is able to present a uniquely detailed, personal, and yet broad view of the Vietnam War... On the Frontlines of the Television War is a wonderful memoir."--Portland Book Review