Sunday, June 18, 2006

Forthcoming Interview with Christian Parenti of The Nation

That's right, yours truly interviewed journalist
Christian Parenti
on Friday. Parenti is a frequent contributor to The Nation (you can check out his work for them here), and he has also written for such publications as Mother Jones and London Review of Books. He has written three books. The first was Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis, which was published in 2000 by Verso. Next, he wrote The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America From Slavery to the War on Terror, published in 2004 by Basic Books.

His most recent book is an outstanding account of his time in occupied Iraq, put out by the New Press. Called The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq, the book is a gripping acount of every-day life in Iraq. With an engaging style to complement a keen intellect, Parenti gives one a true sense of what it is like to be in a war zone.

He provides very insightful analysis into the political and economic situation in the country, but always in a style that is very readable. It's so well-written that I really couldn't put it down. The Los Angeles Times put it best, calling it
"fast-paced and scenic like a good film script, steeped in the irony and horror of war."
It's quite a fast, engaging read for a book about such a weighty, often-depressing topic.

I was able to talk to Christian about his recent trips to Bolivia and Afghanistan as well as Iraq. Look for the full interview to be posted later this week, as I am currently working to transcribe the audio of our conversation.


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