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Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio, Compact Disk, $24.95/$34.95(Can), ISBN: 0-553-45568-0He's been called "the inventor of the New Journalism--and possessor of the age's most distinctive prose style." Now in this original novella, serialized to critical acclaim in "Rolling Stone" magazine in December 1996, Tom Wolfe, author of the bestseller "The Bonfire of the Vanities, " turnsBantam Doubleday Dell Audio, Compact Disk, $24.95/$34.95(Can), ISBN: 0-553-45568-0He's been called "the inventor of the New Journalism--and possessor of the age's most distinctive prose style." Now in this original novella, serialized to critical acclaim in "Rolling Stone" magazine in December 1996, Tom Wolfe, author of the bestseller "The Bonfire of the Vanities, " turns his penetrating eye and devastating wit to the world of TV news...As the producer of a prime-time TV newsmagazine, Irv Durtscher fancies himself the Federico Fellini of television journalism. For who else can draw 50 million viewers, satisfy the network's gluttony for profits, and advance the cause of social justice? The only problem is that no one else recognizes Irv's genius. Instead, all the accolades go to the blonde bombshell anchor who won't give balding, near-sighted Irv the time of day. But suddenly Irv has a chance to break the most sensational story of his career--one that will surely catapult him into the national spotlight and into Madame Bombshell's heart. For months the wheels of justice have ground to a halt as three soldiers from Fort Bragg have categorically denied that they savagely beat and murdered a member of their company because he was gay. Now, Irv Durtscher, self-proclaimed soul of a soulless industry, is poised to expose the truth. With a fortune in surveillance equipment, he has infiltrated a bar near Fort Bragg, in the hopes that the unwitting soldiers will hang themselves on videotape. What he gets is pure dynamite. But Irv's story won't be complete until he arranges to ambush the three young toughs and show them the footage. What happens when one of New York's mediaelite confronts the Lords of Testosterone?...not what you think. "Ambush at Fort Bragg" is classic Wolfe--a blistering send-up of one man's drive for fame and glory and the lengths to which the media will go to showcase their version of the truth. This is Wolfe at his very best--timely, relevant, and right on the money about many aspects of 90s America: the media, the military, the South, discrimination, and homophobia.A graduate of Yale University and the Columbia School of Theatre Arts, Edward Norton's film credits include "Everyone Says I Love You, The People Vs. Larry Flynt" and "Primal Fear, " for which he received an Oscar nomination.Not available in any book format, "Ambush at Fort Bragg" has been published by BDD Audio on cassette and CD....

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Ambush at Fort Bragg Reviews

  • Eric_W
    2019-02-23 23:12

    Fascinating to read reviews of this novella on Amazon. They are all over the map. My first taste of the national media happened in 1967. I was in college and active in the Civil Rights movement, less so in the budding anti-war crusade. There had been a demonstration announced for that afternoon in front of Franklin Hall, the administration building, so, more out of curiosity I went on over. There were perhaps 10 students milling about and an army of television cameras and media. Obviously, no demonstration was ever going to happen, so the media folks orchestrated one. Clustered a bunch of students together and basically told them to act like it was an event. Clever editing would have made it look much more real than it was.My second up hand taste was attending a school-board meeting several years later during which some contentious issues were due to be discussed. The television media dutifully showed up at the beginning of the meeting, shot a couple of minutes, and left. The meeting continued for several more hours. When I watched the result on the news that evening, I was stunned. The clear impression left by the reporters was that they covered the entire meeting and what they presented was the meat of the discussion. Total bullshit.Now I wait a couple of years and read a book about any event or sequence of events and never watch so-called situations develop as hosted by Wolfgang Blitzkrieg.So I was receptive to Wolfe's short novel of a homophobic killing and the resulting investigative report. The story follows the producer of the "Day and Night" show, a national network investigative reporter series featuring a prominent female anchor. The show sets out to find and reveal the killers of a gay soldier at Fort Bragg, a sprawling military base in North Carolina. (My son went through airborne training there and the descriptions of the surrounding community sleaze that caters to the soldiers, is dead on.)Wolfe lays out the entire story through Irv's eyes trenchantly displaying how the events are rearranged and altered to get the story they wanted, without any of the moral complexities of the real event. The redneck killers are not portrayed sympathetically, but there motivation is revealed with more subtlety and complexity.You can tell from reviews that many people took sides and the book raised their ire, some at the portrayal of the soldiers, some at the media, others at the "pornography " (I didn't get that one at all.) But, Wolfe ambushes everyone.Not one of Wolfe's best, but an intriguing story nevertheless.A note on the audio. The book is read by Ed Norton who does a credible job, especially with the southern accents. I don't know who the idiot was who added the most irrelevant and distracting background music, but heshould have his license revoked.

  • David Ward
    2019-02-28 02:24

    Ambush at Fort Bragg by Tom Wolfe (Random House 1997)(Fiction - Thriller) is a short novella by Tom Wolfe. I enjoy Wolfe immensely, but not this time. The setup is grand; the payoff is nonexistant. Re-read The Electric Koolaid Acid Test or any of his novels instead. My rating: 2/10, finished 1/16/11.

  • Jordi Salazar
    2019-03-08 23:36

    Cuento sin pretensiones. Debe ser interesante leerlo en inglés.

  • Cin
    2019-02-16 23:36

    Como estudiante de comunicación y periodismo, siento un interés particular en libros que cuentan un poco del mundo de los medios de comunicación, y también cuando son de autores tan importantes para el periodismo como Tom Wolfe. Así que al encontrarme con este libro tuve que añadirlo inmediatamente a la lista de libros por leer. Y como tengo poca fuerza de voluntad, en vez de ceñirme a la ya mencionada lista, decidí comenzar a leerlo.Tom Wolfe nos presenta en este libro una muestra muy pequeña de lo que son capaces de hacer los medios de comunicación y de cómo la información es manipulable y manipulada por los mismos. Es una denuncia, sí, una burla ante los modelos y modos de hacer televisión, provenientes de Estados Unidos, y que, al menos en mi país, a veces resultan una copia.Es un libro entretenido, ligero, que les recomiendo si quieren conocer la visión del autor sobre la manipulación mediática. Como plus, el final me arrancó una risa por la ironía del mismo.

  • Rick
    2019-02-20 06:29

    Interestingly, this first came out as an audiobook (... although it may have first been excerpted in Rolling Stone, like everything Wolfe does). And since, I've seen it included in the collection, "Hooking Up," but reading the words of this one will never hold up after hearing Edward Norton's audiobook reading. I listened to this many moons ago, and yet, Norton's utterance of the name "Mary Carey Broken Burrough" is still etched in my memory. Give it a listen if you can find it.

  • Oscar Alejandro
    2019-02-23 00:14

    Un trabajo periodístico que emplea dudosas formas para investigar un crimen militar; un importante jefe de edición, una importante figura de la televisión y todo su equipo de trabajo tienden una emboscada para descubrir a los asesinos de un crimen de un militar homosexual. Esta historia es muy interesante por su contenido de tolerancia y la capacidad del ejercito de los estados unidos para esconder crímenes en el interior de su institución.

  • Javier
    2019-03-12 07:17

    Fantásticas situaciones, resueltas de manera perfecta. Me encanta como escribe, siempre perfectamente legible y lejos de retruécanos y cultismos (los justos).Como siempre, perfecta su recreación de los personajes del sur de los USA.

  • Tom Schulte
    2019-03-07 00:26

    This is a nice bit of Wolfe, an audio novella about the slice of American society shunted off for military duty. An imagining of the counter-culture that creates is explored with excellent narration by actor Ed Norton.

  • Tom Schulte
    2019-03-14 04:12

    This is a nice bit of Wolfe, an audio novella about the slice of American society shunted off for military duty. An imagining of the counter-culture that creates is explored with excellent narration by actor Ed Norton.

  • Tom Schulte
    2019-02-20 05:31

    This is a nice bit of Wolfe, an audio novella about the slice of American society shunted off for military duty. An imagining of the counter-culture that creates is explored with excellent narration by actor Ed Norton.

  • Tom Schulte
    2019-03-05 03:16

    This is a nice bit of Wolfe, an audio novella about the slice of American society shunted off for military duty. An imagining of the counter-culture that creates is explored with excellent narration by actor Ed Norton.

  • Angel Serrano
    2019-02-19 07:38

    Apasionante estudio de los usos dialectales del inglés por parte de los "rednecks" que hace fracasar cualquier intento de traducción que no invente un nuevo lenguaje. La historia es el juicio a unos soldados estadounidenses que participan en una misión de paz en Etiopía.

  • Dan Kohn
    2019-03-19 03:30

    fun little read a little outdated anything by Tom Wolfe is usually good

  • Gio Clavijo
    2019-02-21 07:16

    Edición en español.

  • David Wasser
    2019-03-16 05:26

    A fast-moving tale about a murder at Fort Bragg, NC, the headquarters of US Special Operations Command.

  • Frank
    2019-03-18 07:38

    Intriguing story. Good reading by Ed Norton. Irrelevant and intrusive music appears at odd times.

  • Isadora Wagner
    2019-03-19 06:31

    Note for Bragg novel. Surveillance and bars.

  • Madeline
    2019-03-10 06:32

    only on audiobook i think

  • Nicole Marble
    2019-02-28 03:36

    A gripping look at how TV news magazines work. Excellent!