Jakub Szántó (b. 1977) is a journalist and television reporter. He holds a Doctorate in Modern History from Charles University in Prague. He has covered many international crises for television, focusing primarily on the Middle East and Africa. Szántó is the holder of the Open Society Fund Prague’s Journalism Award (2014) and the Ferdinand Peroutka Award for journalism (2017). Drawing from over two decades of reporting, crowned by five years as a permanent correspondent in the Middle East, the author offers in his two books, Behind the Curtain of War and From Isratine with Love, an unorthodox view of the Israelite and Palestinian peoples– their lifestyle, culture, and history. This year, together with his Czech TV correspondents, he wrote Putin’s War, a unique chronicle of the Russian-Ukrainian war.
THE BEST-SELLING BOOK OF THE YEAR 2023 SO FAR
March 2023, 330 pages
Available material: English synopsis
Personal accounts by seasoned Czech reporters, many with decades of experience in war zones, paint an authentic picture of all the important stages of the Russian aggression. From the anxious anticipation in the last days and hours before the invasion, through the massive attack and its inhuman effects on the civilian population, to the Ukrainian counter-offensives and the liberation of heavily damaged cities.
The book offers a detailed overview as well as powerful human stories from all the key fronts, the bombed-out rear, political negotiations at the highest level, and the events and atmosphere in Russian cities, as told by Czech Television’s Moscow correspondent.
The text is complemented by dramatic photographs taken by Czech Television’s seasoned cameramen.
“Putin’s War provides a comprehensive picture of the war in Ukraine. It conveys the conflict from multiple perspectives and presents the most important things. Putin’s War is a meticulously crafted book, written in an interesting form, presenting uncensored moments from a war whose end is still not in sight.”