Author bio

Anthony Loyd

Anthony Loyd - book author

Anthony Loyd is the author of books: My War Gone By, I Miss It So, Another Bloody Love Letter, The Times War: A History in Photographs, Imagine: Reflections on Peace, Evidence: The Case Against Milosevic

Author books

Nothing can prepare you for Anthony Loyd's portrait of war. It is the story of the unspeakable terror and the visceral, ecstatic thrill of combat, and the lives and dreams laid to waste by the bloodiest conflict that Europe has witnessed since the Second World War. Born into a distinguished military family, Loyd was raised on the stories of his ancestors' exploits and grew up fascinated with war. Unsatisfied by a brief career in the British Army, he set out for the killing fields in Bosnia. It was there--in the midst of the roar of battle and the life-and-death struggle among the Serbs, Croatians, and Bosnian Muslims--that he would discover humanity at its worst and best. Profoundly shocking, poetic, and ultimately redemptive, this is an uncompromising look at the brutality of war and its terrifyingly seductive power.
This remarkable volume chronicles a century and a half when the world has rarely been at peace—and when the lenses of photographers have never ceased to capture the fury, ferocity, and barbarity of war. From the Crimea, through the Franco-Prussian War, the Boer War, the First and Second World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, the Falklands, and the Gulf War, to the campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq—all the world’s major armed con?icts are portrayed with shocking immediacy. A ground-breaking portrayal of modern warfare, featuring the work of the world’s greatest photojournalists, including Margaret Bourke White, Frank Hurley, Edgar Snow, Luigi Barzini, and Robert Capa.
When battlefield prowess and political manipulation are not enough to achieve peace through victory, we summon our best and brightest to negotiate an end; we celebrate peace settlements; and we give prizes, if not to victors, then to visionaries. We exalt peace as a human achievement, and justly so. But the reality of peace is flawed. The rewards of peace are elusive for the men and women who live in the post-conflict societies of our time. Why is it so difficult to make a good peace when it is so easy to imagine? That is the question behind Imagine: Reflections on Peace.

In this stunning collection, photographic essays make grippingly palpable the stakes during war and peace. Samantha Power, former US Ambassador to the United Nations, Justice Richard Goldstone, ICTY prosecutor, and Jonathan Powell, chief negotiator for the Northern Ireland Good Friday agreement, are joined by world-renown writers Jon Lee Anderson, Philip Gourevitch, Jon Swain, Robin Wright, Anthony Loyd and Martin Fletcher in revealing the complexities of redemption and rebuilding in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Colombia, Lebanon, Northern Ireland, and Rwanda. We hear first person accounts of survival and the search for inner peace that bring the big picture to the personal. With added insights from scholars and practitioners, the book offers a rare and fascinating glimpse into the unvarnished story of peace and a window into what it takes for societies and individuals to move forward after unspeakable brutality.
Evidence addresses the issue of crime and justice in war. It challenges us to view this particular crime as a rational, considered and planned process rather than as a series of random events. It dispels the argument that crimes were not committed in Kosovo.

Gary Knight was born in England in 1964. Knight’s work has been widely published by magazines all over the world, and he has contributed work to several books. He is a founding member of VII Photo Agency.

Anthony Loyd was born in 1966 in England. As a special correspondent for The Times, Loyd has covered eight other wars in places as diverse as Chechnya, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and Kosovo. He is the 2001 recipient of the British National Press Award for War Correspondent of the Year.