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Peter Eichstaedt: Afghan Voices on War and Peace

  • 07 Aug 2013
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • The Curtis Hotel
 

Afghan Voices on War and Peace: Merchants and Warlords, Judges and Mullahs

Join WorldDenver August 7th for an evening with veteran journalist and author, Peter Eichstaedt. He will be speaking on his recently published book, Above the Din of War: Afghans Speak About Their Lives, Their Country, and Their Future, and Why America Should Listen. Mr. Eichstaedt will be signing copies of his book that will be available for purchase.

Biography:

Peter Eichstaedt is a world affairs journalist, filmmaker and author, dedicated to revealing the stories behind human rights issues.

He has lived and worked in Afghanistan for two years, first in 2004 and most recently from 2010 to 2011 where he served as country director for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting.

His newest book, Above the Din of War: Afghans Speak about Their Lives, Their Country, and Their Future-and Why America Should Listen was released in April 2013. Eichstaedt crisscrossed the country interviewing a wide range of individuals in the hopes of telling the stories of ordinary Afghan citizens. Above the Din of War includes emotional and critical commentary and opinions from many different voices, including a former warlord, a Taliban judge, victims of self-immolation, poppy growers, courageous women parliamentarians and would-be suicide bombers. Providing a forum for the everyday people of Afghanistan to be heard, Eichstaedt reveals the truth behind the calculated rhetoric of war, politics, and diplomacy, and suggests a path forward toward a sustainable future for Afghanistan.

Peter has reported on world affairs from around the world including Africa and Eastern Europe and is also the author of the critically acclaimed books: Consuming the Congo: War and Conflict Minerals in the World’s Deadliest Place; Pirate State: Inside Somalia’s Terrorism at Sea; First Kill Your Family: Child Soldiers of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army; and If You Poison Us: Uranium and Native Americans.

Books:

1. Above the Din of War: Afghans Speak About Their Lives, Their Country, and Their Future -- And Why America Should Listen, (April 2013), hailed as "a critical read ... capable reporting ... vitally important."

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