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For the past two decades, Mark Danner has reported from Latin America, Haiti, the Balkans, and the Middle East. His perceptive, award-winning dispatches have not only explored the real consequences of American engagement with the world, but also the relationship between political violence and power. In Stripping Bare the Body, Danner brings together his best reporting from the world’s most troubled regions—from the fall of the Duvalier dictatorship in Haiti to the tumultuous rise of Aristide; from the onset of ...
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Overview

For the past two decades, Mark Danner has reported from Latin America, Haiti, the Balkans, and the Middle East. His perceptive, award-winning dispatches have not only explored the real consequences of American engagement with the world, but also the relationship between political violence and power. In Stripping Bare the Body, Danner brings together his best reporting from the world’s most troubled regions—from the fall of the Duvalier dictatorship in Haiti to the tumultuous rise of Aristide; from the onset of the Balkan Wars to the painful fragmentation of Yugoslavia; and finally to the disastrous invasion of Iraq and the radical, destructive legacy of the Bush administration.

At a time when American imperial power is in decline, there has never been a more compelling moment to read these urgent, fiercely intelligent reports.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786744572
  • Publisher: Nation Books
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 1,324,868
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Mark Danner was for many years a staff writer at The New Yorker and contributes frequently to the New York Review of Books, the New York Times Magazine, and other publications. The author of The Massacre at El Mozote, Torture and Truth, and The Short Way to War, he is the recipient of a National Magazine Award, three Overseas Press Awards, and a MacArthur Fellowship. He lives in San Francisco and New York City.

www.markdanner.com

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Table of Contents

Foreword Louis Begley Begley, Louis

I Beyond the Mountains 1

La parenthese 3

The Legacy 47

The Mountains 84

II The Saddest Story 123

How Not to Stop a War 125

The Cleansing: A Televised Genocide 145

Toward a Policy of Gesture: The Safe Areas 172

Explosion in the Marketplace 203

The Great Betrayal 231

To the Killing Fields 265

Operation Storm and the Cold Peace 301

Coda: Endgame in Kosovo 317

III Marooned in the Cold War 331

IV Lost In The Forever War 363

The Battlefield in the American Mind 365

Struggles of Democracy and Empire 369

How Not to Win a War 372

Delusions in Baghdad 379

Abu Ghraib: Hidden in Plain Sight 392

A Doctrine Left Behind 412

We Are All Torturers Now 416

The Real Election 420

The Secret Way to War 434

Taking Stock of the Forever War 445

The War of the Imagination 466

Voices from the Black Sites 493

Into the Light? Torture, Power, and Us 521

Afterword: The Erotic Pull of the Strange 545

Coda: Words in a Time of War 551

Acknowledgments 565

Notes 567

Selected Bibliography 595

Index 605

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