Early reaction to the book

Reporting Abroad and Cotton Underwear

Mort Rosenblum is one of those legendary journalists who has been everywhere and done everything, mostly with gunfire in the background. So it’s fitting that he has just written a guidebook to global reporting — and the big problem is that there aren’t that many young journalists being dispatched to foreign capitals any more.

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~ Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times

"A rare blend of great storytelling and pure wisdom, Little Bunch of Madmen is the best thing yet written about the state of modern journalism by one of its few true living masters, and every reporter working today should go out and buy it and read it."

…The book is laced throughout with samples of Rosenblum's pungent wit, as well – Paul Theroux once accurately described him as possessing a "wolfish good humor."

As to the hazards of reporting wars, for instance, Rosenblum dispenses ethical advice about the dark side of things with a Twainian bonhomie that tells it exactly like it is, and yet, much like Rosenblum himself, is not unkind...

Reporters planning to venture into the world today would be wise to take (this book) with them: Checklist for Kabul: Flak jacket, passport, money, cell-phone, flashlight, extra batteries, spare underwear, and a Little Bunch of Madmen. I predict that older hacks will want to keep a copy with themselves, too -- as much to read and reread for their enjoyment, much like their well-thumbed copies of "Scoop" -- as for its symbolic value as a talisman, like a sacred thread from the Dalai Lama's robe.

~ Jon Lee Anderson, staff writer, The New Yorker

"This is a hell of a lot more than another journalism textbook. It offers valuable lessons on the craft, but it is really a journey of a lifetime in international reporting and an i nvitation to a new generation to venture out in the world and do the work that needs to be done. It comes from a great reporter who knows that the best of journalism requires one simple axiom: ground truth. You have to be there on the ground to get the story."

~ Charles M. Sennott, executive editor, GlobalPost


"This is a delightful book, and an essential one. Global newsgathering is as important as ever, but the traditional means of supporting it are collapsing. What to do? Rosenblum, a veteran foreign correspondent and an engaging writer, came up with a terrific answer: A manual for all who yearn (as plenty still do) to report from abroad –- and for those back home struggling to make sense of the new media landscape. Little Bunch of Madmen is rich with practical tips, ethical counsel, journalistic wisdom, stories from the road and great examples of foreign reporting."

~ Geneva Overholser, director of Annenberg School of Journalism, University of Southern California


"Witty, wise, and well-written, definitely a winning combination. I plan to use "Madmen" in teaching the graduate global journalism seminar at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism next quarter."

~ Loren Ghiglione, professor and former dean, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University

"Little Bunch of Madmen" sweeps around the globe collecting the best practices and covering the speed bumps and pitfalls in international reporting. He strings the stories together on the high wire of sound and ethical journalism, reminding us what reporting in the public interest should, and used to, be. The book is accessible, instructive, and sorely needed."

~ Joan Konner, dean emerita, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism


"With global ecologies, economies, and geopolitics tipping deeper into dark, uncharted territory, we desperately need global news coverage more than ever. A new generation of reporters aren't waiting for the media to figure out how to pay them: Braving multiple uncertainties, they're heroically trying to plug widening gaps in our understanding, lest the world we know tips into one and vanishes.

With this invaluable, succinct, and compulsively readable primer, legendary foreign correspondent Mort Rosenblum hauls young journalists up some of the steepest slopes of their learning curve. They – and their readers -- ought to be enormously grateful for what he's done."

~ Alan Weisman, author of The World Without Us

"Incisive thinking, ethnical passion, and sharp wit permeate this compelling book. As an educator and former journalist, I am immensely thankful.  It fuses wisdom, insight, and expert advice for what hopefully will be a new generation of intelligent, avid, and risk-taking journalists.  Written by a uniquely crazy, courageous, and irascible veteran, the reminiscences are compelling, the thrusts on target."

~ Sherman Teichman, director, Institute for Global Leadership, Tufts University


“Are ‘Foreign Correspondents’ an endangered species? Not for Mort Rosenblum, who writes an informative and witty book for young professionals and those interested in the wider world. He broadens "Old Media's" pool and offers important guidance to anyone who wants to plunge into international reporting.

~ Deborah Amos, National Public Radio






,,Muss man seine Traditionen totsparen?"
Mort Rosenblum, ein großer AP-Journalist, sorgt sich um seinen Beruf und schreibt deshalb wieder ein Buch
(English Translation After the Jump)

,,Jedes Mal wenn Sie sehen, wie Hunderttausende zurechnungsfähige Menschen versuchen, einen Ort zu verlassen, und ein kleiner Haufen von Verrückten müht sich ab, da reinzukommen, dann wissen Sie: Die Letzteren sind Zeitungsmenschen.Das schrieb in den 30er Jahren des vergangenen Jahrhunderts H.R. Knickerbocker, eine Legende des amerikanischen Journalismus.

Mort Rosenblum, bis 2004 Sonderkorrespondent der Associated Press (AP) mit Erfahrungen auf sieben Kontinenten, liebt dieses Zitat. Er hat es bereits vor dreißig Jahren verwendet in seinem Buch Coups and Earthquakes und dann 1993 in Who Stole the News? Mort Rosenblum ist einer jener Journalisten, die nicht nur eine große Karriere machen, sondern das System, dem sie ihre Karriere verdanken, kritisch analysieren.

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~ Timofey Neshitov, Süddeutschen Zeitung

"Mort was the senior AP foreign correspondent for many years, the only AP staffer outside the US to hold its coveted Special Correpsondent rank, and was also editor of the International Herald Tribune. Among many other things he now teaches foreign correspondency in Tucson, and has recently written a primer to the business which is riveting reading on how to be a foreign correspondent, with countless tales of old hackery which I am happy to say leave my tales on this site in the shade."

~ Paul Treuthardt, former United Press International and AP foreign correspondent, on his blog The Old Hack