Becker not only shines a light on the contributions of those correspondents...but provides a valuable depth of cultural and historical insight into the conflict ... Becker’s nuanced storytelling follows Leroy’s career with respectful sensitivity, not drawing back from recounting the personal trauma that began to get the better of her ... Becker’s account of the circumstances surrounding Webb’s kidnapping and eventual release reads like a thriller ... There is a fourth woman who rewrote the story of war, and that is of course Elizabeth Becker, who with a depth of research and an abundance of grace gives fresh insight into the background and achievements of three extraordinary war correspondents—and the price they paid for the intensity of their work ... You Don’t Belong Here is deserving of a wide readership.
An enthralling biography of three female war correspondents who preceded her in Southeast Asia, reporting on the Vietnam War. ... Becker blends their individual stories with wider history, setting the unfolding tragedy in Vietnam in the background as her protagonists develop doubts about the logic and legitimacy of the war. She provides vivid accounts of their journalistic exploits and tales of how they suffered in their work—their injuries, traumas, excessive drinking, and complicated affairs.
Becker’s examination of three journalists’ careers—Webb, Frances FitzGerald from America and Catherine Leroy of France—powers this absorbing narrative about the challenges of covering the Vietnam War ... a significant contribution to the history of both the Vietnam War and women in journalism.