“We did it because we loved adventure and every ambitious journalist knows that conflicts offer the fastest and most glamorous path to a reputation.” – Max Hastings in Port Stanley

The recent deaths in Libya of British filmmaker Tim Hetherington and American photographer Chris Hondros highlight the peril of reporting from conflict zones. In recent years, the world’s wars have claimed the lives of hundreds of journalists and photographers of many nationalities, whose luck ran out. In 2010 alone 44 journalist were killed around the world while 16 have been killed so far this year in Libya. No doubt war corresponding is a dangerous job.

Max Hastings is a former editor of the Daily Telegraph and the London Evening Standard. He shares his experiences and views in Death or glory at the Financial Times.