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Conversations with Terrorists

Middle East Leaders on Politics, Violence, and Empire, 1st Edition

By Reese Erlich, Baer Robert

Routledge

191 pages

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Reviews

"Erlich efficiently unearths some of the most problematic and overlooked narratives about terrorism."

—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Conversations with Terrorists takes us inside the minds of people sometimes labeled as enemies by successive U.S. governments. Rather than relying on State Department or Pentagon sources, Erlich interviews key Middle East players and presents their unvarnished views. Some have acted despicably; none of them are described as ‘terrorists’ by U.S. officials. A must read for anyone who wants to understand the phony War on Terror.”

—Daniel Ellsberg, Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers

“Since I was present at two of these conversations with terrorists, I feel fully qualified to tell you that book you’re holding is true, accurate, thoughtful, and eminently readable. I would expect no less of a man who would walk up to Khalil Meschal, the head of Hamas, at a Syrian embassy reception and ask for an interview. He got it. I traveled with Reese from the Souks of Damascus to the killing grounds of Al Sukariya near Iraq, where we investigated a secret U.S. raid together. It was like traveling with a pit-bull who is trailing a truck of raw meat. Reese locks on to an objective and will not be deterred until he has unpacked and deconstructed it from at least seven angles.”

—Peter Coyote, Sleeping Where I Fall

“In an era when the Bush Administration has defined the world as good vs. evil, it’s great to read a book that reminds you things aren’t all black and white, but rather shades of grey. Conversations with Terrorists shows you that the term terrorist is subjective and that one man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist.”

—Maz Jobrani, comedian/actor/American citizen

“One of the most courageous journalists I know.”

—Amiri Baraka (aka LeRoiJones), poet/playwright/political activist

“What is terror? A word. What is in that word terror? Reese Erlich introduces us to people whose names are associated with that word. He gives them the chance to speak. When we listen, we find ourselves provoked by unexpected insights and challenges to our stereotypes.”

—Stephen Kinzer, All the Shah’s Men

“Reese Erlich is an investigative reporter par excellence: fearless, dogged, and someone who can’t be snowed. Plus, he’s a great writer.”

—Matthew Rothschild, editor, The Progressive

About the Originator

Author

Reese Erlich

Oakland, California, United States

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General