Clarissa Ward

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On All Fronts

book | Mar 2020
US & Canada → Penguin Press (Ed. Virginia Smith)

The Education of a Journalist

The recipient of multiple Peabody and Murrow awards, Clarissa Ward is a world-renowned conflict reporter. In this strange age of crisis where there really is no front line, she has moved from one hot zone to the next. Along with multiple embeds in Syria, Egypt, and Afghanistan, Ward, who speaks seven languages, has been based in Baghdad, Beirut, Beijing, and Moscow. She has seen and documented the violent remaking of the world from close range. With her deep empathy and unbelievable courage, Ward finds a way to tell the hardest stories. On All Fronts is the riveting story of Ward’s singular career and of journalism in this age of extremism.

Following a privileged but lonely childhood, Ward felt her calling as an international war correspondent in the aftermath of 9/11. From her early days in the field, she was embedding with Marines at the height of the Iraq War and was soon on assignment all over the globe. But nowhere does Ward make her mark as she does in her beloved, war-torn Syria, which she has covered more extensively than any other western journalist. From her multiple stints embedding with Syrian rebels to her deep investigations into the western extremists who are drawn to ISIS, Ward has covered Bashar al-Assad’s reign of terror without fear. In 2018, Ward rose to new heights at CNN and had a son. Suddenly, she was doing this hardest of jobs with a whole new perspective.

On All Fronts
is the unforgettable story of one extraordinary journalist —and of a changing world.


Helen Manders manages the translation rights for On All Fronts


On All Fronts takes the reader on a riveting journey of storytelling as Ward crisscrosses the globe in a relentless quest to become the acclaimed Chief International Correspondent she is today. From Russia to China to Syria, the reader watches her navigate the most intense of human experiences while finding the tools to stay emotional.

Lynsey Addario
author of It’s What I Do

An honest, candid portrayal of the making of a journalist and the stories behind getting the story. With great empathy, Ward shows us what her viewers don’t see—the logistical, physical and emotional challenges of going to the toughest places—and the toll it takes. A timely reminder of the importance of bearing witness, and why there is no substitute for gutsy on-the-ground journalism.

Rania Abouzeid
author of No Turning Back. Life, Loss, And Hope In Wartime Syria

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