Stripping Bare the Body
A SYDNEY IDEAS OPEN EVENT COPRESENTED WITH THE US STUDIES CENTRE AND UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY UNION
25 February, 2010
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Why you should listen
Mark Danner is one of the world’s most experienced war reporters, and has covered trouble spots such as El Salvador, Haiti, Bosnia and most recently Iraq. In his new book Stripping Bare the Body: Politics, Violence, War, a collection of his writings, he develops a unique perspective on the use of violence in these conflicts and expands on Prussian Carl von Clautisz’ theory that ‘war is a continuation of politics by other means’. Fear is a lucrative political emotion, and politicians can use fear to achieve a great deal. The violence of war also exposes the limits of our beliefs, and strips away any facades to exposes the true power in society. In his search to answer questions about the morality of the USA’s involvement in the current war in Afghanistan, he examines the US’s involvement in conflicts in Haiti, the Balkans, Latin America and the Middle East.
Mark Danner was in conversation with Professor Geoffrey Garrett, CEO of the US Studies Centre.
Mark Danner has reported and written on foreign affairs, politics and war for twenty-five years. He 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. His most recent book is Stripping Bare the Body: Politics, Violence, War, and his previous books include The Secret Way to War, Torture and Truth, The Road to Illegitimacy and The Massacre at El Mozote, which was chosen by The New York Times as a Notable Book of the Year. Danner’s work has been honoured with a US National Magazine award, three Overseas Press Awards and an Emmy.