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So Many Enemies So Little Time an Ame

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At a time when Americans are so riveted by questions about their place in a newly hostile world that they are swearing off air travel, Elinor Burkett does not just take a trip; she takes a headlong dive into enemy territories, crisscrossing back and forth between Ronald Reagan's old Evil Empire and George Bush's new Axis of Evil.

Her adventure begins with her assignment as a Fulbright Professor teaching journalism in Kyrgyzstan, a faded fragment of Soviet might in the heart of Central Asia — a place of dilapidated apartments, bizarre food and demoralized citizens clinging to the safety of Brother Russia. But when she refuses to join the other expatriates evacuated from the "-stans," it turns into much more. She flies into Afghanistan just as the Taliban are departing, mingles with tense Iraquis watching the gathering storm clouds of an American-led invasion and becomes the target of the resentments of the old comrades of the former Soviet Union. Journeying between Iran and Mongolia, Uzbekistan, China and Vietnam, she confronts old enemies in an era of terrifying new ones.

When she left home, Burkett, a seasoned journalist, wasn't gathering material for a book; she thought she was "taking a vacation from reality." But she emerges with a dazzling political travelogue that will make even the most enlightened reader question what he or she has considered as truth. Whether she's writing about being served goat's head in a Kyrgyz yurt, checking out bowling alleys in Baghdad, avoiding mullahs zooming along on motorbikes in Tehran or simply trying to cook a chicken in her own crumbling apartment, Burkett offers an eclectic series of adventures that are alternately comical, whimsical, poignant and discomfiting.

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Bowling with Iraqis, riding motorcycles with Mullahs in Iran--Elinor Burkett bears witness to the other side of the war on terror in this dazzling political travelogue.

About the Author

A native of Philadelphia, Elinor Burkett has worked as a newspaper reporter, university professor and magazine writer. She and her husband took their first vacation together in Albania, honeymooned in Havana, and count among their fondest memories the week they eluded the Mauritanian secret police. Longtime residents of the Catskill Mountains of New York, they currently make their home in Fairbanks, where Burkett is chairing the Department of Journalism at the University of Alaska.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060524425
Subtitle:
An American Woman in All the Wrong Places
Author:
Burkett, Elinor
Publisher:
Harper
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Terrorism
Subject:
Asia - Central
Subject:
Korea
Subject:
World politics
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Women authors, American
Subject:
Travelers
Subject:
Islam and politics
Subject:
Radicalism
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
War on Terrorism,
Subject:
General Current Events
Subject:
General Travel
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
107-16
Publication Date:
20040330
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.09 in 20.05 oz

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