An Unauthorized Biography of the World explores the practice of engaged oral history: the difficult, sometimes dangerous work of recovering fragments of human story that have gone missing from the official versions.
Michael Riordon has thirty years’ experience as a writer and broadcaster in the field. Readers will encounter a gallery of brave, passionate people who gather silenced voices and lost life stories. The canvas is broad, the stakes are high: the battles for First Nations lands in Canada; environmental justice in Chicago; genocide in Peru; homeless people organizing in Cleveland; September 11/01, and after, in New York City; gay survivors of electroshock in Britain; the struggle to preserve a people’s identity in Newfoundland; peasant resistance to a huge transnational gold mine in Turkey.
|Publisher:||Between the Lines|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
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About the Author
MICHAEL RIORDON teaches writing, and has written three books of oral history: *Out our Way: Gay and Lesbian Life in the Country, **Eating Fire: Family Life on the Queer Side*, and *Our Way to Fight: Peace-Work Under Siege in Israel-Palestine*. He lives near Picton, Ontario.
Michael Riordon teaches writing, and has written four books of oral history: Our Way to Fight: Peace-Work Under Siege in Israel-Palestine, Eating Fire: Family Life on the Queer Side, An Unauthorized Biography of the World, and Out Our Way: Gay and Lesbian Life in Rural Canada. He lives near Picton, Ontario.
Table of Contents
1 Finding Voice, Making Sense
2 Kanien’keha/Ts’eouli (First Nations, Canada)
3 Land and Life (First Nations, Canada)
4 Umut/Hope (Turkey)
5 The Messenger (Chicago, Illinois)
6 The Gale Began to Rise (Newfoundland, Canada)
7 The Whole Truth (Peru)
8 Passion in the Archives (Canada)
9 9/11/01 (New York)
10 9/11/01 + 2 (New York)
11 History on the Floor (labour, Canada)
12 Turning the Tables (on the author)
13 A Really Tender One-Night Stand (gay, Canada)
14 Keep Asking Questions! (Cleveland, Ohio)
15 A Map of the Holy Land (Israel-Palestine)
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