Beyond the Green Zone – Book Tour

Hello Middle East Dispatches Subscribers–

Haymarket Books is pleased to announce the planning of a national speaking tour featuring Dahr Jamail, to coincide with the release of his forthcoming book Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq.

The first phase of the book tour will begin Oct. 15th and roughly follow the dates and U.S. regions below:

–Northeast: Oct. 15-25
–Midwest: Oct. 26-28
–Northwest: Oct. 29 – Nov. 4
–California: Nov. 5-15

The second phase of the tour will begin after the Thanksgiving holidays. Please feel free to contact us with dates in December and January as well.

We look forward to collaborating with Dahr’s many supporters on the tour in order to project his indispensable reports from Iraq to the largest audience possible. Please let us know if you would like to initiate an event, help build a tour stop that comes through your area, or if you simply have suggestions. Travel costs and limited timing may prevent us from being able to satisfy all requests, but we will do our best to bring Dahr to as many places as possible.

Where applicable, very useful information to include:

–name of school / organization / publication
–expected audience size
–potential co-sponsors
–funding availability for travel costs

Sarah Macaraeg
Haymarket Books

***And please forward this announcement to anyone else you think may be interested***

Many thanks,

Sarah Macaraeg
For Haymarket Books


Praise for Dahr Jamail and Beyond the Green Zone:

“An independent American journalist, Dahr Jamail went to Iraq several times since our invasion “to try to challenge the distortions of the mainstream media.” He succeeded brilliantly. Beyond the Green Zone is a collection of his reports on such subjects as American disinformation about how we captured Saddam Hussein, the battles of Fallujah, and the U.S. campaign to bring freedom and democracy to Iraq. His observations of the gratuitous cruelty of American soldiers toward innocent Iraqis are particularly devastating.”
—Chalmers Johnson, author, Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic

“From the earliest days of the war, Dahr Jamail been a human conduit for the voices of Iraqis living under U.S. occupation. In the face of tremendous personal risk, his commitment to the crucial, principled task of bearing witness has never wavered, and this extraordinary book is the result.”
—Naomi Klein, author, No Logo

“This book pierces the miasma of ignorance, mendacity and embedded egotism that has shaped most coverage of Iraq in the American press. It is a passionate and deeply insightful look at the reality of war and occupation, and also an example of international journalism at its best.”
—Stephen Kinzer, former foreign desk chief, New York Times, and author, All the Shah’s Men

“While so much reporting from Iraq has remained embedded and wrong, Dahr Jamail’s courageous truth-telling from the frontline has been a beacon.”
—John Pilger, journalist and author, Freedom Next Time

“Dahr Jamail does us a great service, by taking us past the lies of our political leaders, past the cowardice of the mainstream press, into the streets, the homes, the lives of Iraqis living under U.S. occupation. He is a superb journalist, in the most honorable tradition of that craft, in the tradition of Heywood Broun, John Reed, I.F. Stone. If what he has seen could be conveyed to all Americans, this ugly war in Iraq would quickly come to an end.”
—Howard Zinn, author, A People’s History of the United States

“Even more notable than Dahr Jamail’s extraordinary courage as an independent American journalist in wartime Iraq is his wide-open heart on the beat of the war’s central human realities. While U.S. media coverage routinely skitters along the surface of Iraqi suffering, Jamail repeatedly dives into its actual horrors — relentlessly and compassionately exploring the terrible results. Along the way, he lets us know about the inspiring kindness and unsung bravery of people who continue to endure a hellish daily ordeal. Putting major news outlets to shame, Beyond the Green Zone tells us what the big American media are apparently incapable of reporting in any sustained way. For an easier spin, read the New York Times or the Washington Post. For a true story too real and awful for mainstream news, read this book.”
—Norman Solomon, author, War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death

“Dahr Jamail is the real deal: a reporter who not only has the guts to go where the danger is but to the courage to open his heart to the people he finds there. In his radio reporting and now his new book, Jamail goes beyond the Green Zone and beyond most people’s comfort zone of denial.”
—Laura Flanders, radio host and author, Blue Grit: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians