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17

Mar
2013

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Shock & Awe now available on Amazon and Kindle

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In 2005 and 2006, Damon conducted interviews with U.S. veterans of the War in Iraq to write a book that eventually became Heart of War: Soldiers’ Voices from the Front Lines in Iraq. Using these interviews as source material, he later wrote Shock & Awe: A Play in Two Acts.

Over the course of several drafts, Read more…

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26

Jan
2013

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Unearthed footage: “Shock & Awe” scene wins Manhattan Monologue Slam (January 2010)

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Why post something that happened three years ago?

In the first place, we never saw this before.

In the second place, actor Garrett Hendricks helped develop “Shock & Awe.” He’s a friend and an excellent artist, and you’ll like what he does with this role.

Thirdly, and most important by far: the problems faced by U.S. veterans returning from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan continue to weigh heavily on the American spirit.

And what’s being done about it? Not nearly enough. Read more…

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24

Mar
2011

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For the Chinese language market, excellent press for “My Two Chinas”

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Some Chinese-language media have begun to report on the release of “My Two Chinas.” Here some of the most recent links:

Secret China

Epoch Times

New Tang Dynasty TV

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About “My Two Chinas: The Memoir of a Chinese Counterrevolutionary” with Baiqiao Tang

My Two Chinas: The Memoir of a Chinese Counterrevolutionary” recounts my co-author Tang Baiqiao’s experiences as a student leader during the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989; how he was subsequently hunted by the Chinese government and jailed for his pro-democracy activities; the physical and mental tortures he endured while in prison; his release, and eventual flight to the U.S.  

Despite living in exile these past 21 years, Tang Baiqiao has never relented in his campaign to bring human rights and freedom to his homeland, and throughout the world.  

My Two Chinas features a foreword by His Holiness, Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama.   

Prof. Robert Thurman, noted expert on China and Tibet, will contribute an introduction.   

Jeff Widener, the world-renowned photojournalist and Pulitzer-finalist who took the iconic “Tank Man” photo has contributed a preface.  

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For a copy of the press release in Chinese, click here.  

For a copy of the press release in French, click here.  

For a copy of the press release in Dutch, click here.

To see a list of Advance Endorsements, click here.

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07

Feb
2011

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Copy of “Heart of War” requested for library aboard USS New York

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Talk about a great honor.

I was recently contacted again by John Churcher from Massachusetts. You may recall that John’s been who’s working to build a library for the newly commissioned USS New York.

The library John’s putting together started out with 9/11-related topics. That’s why he originally asked for copies of my book Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11. But the effort’s been such a colossal success that John’s now expanding the library’s scope to include books that explore the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. And of course Hear of War fits that bill pretty well.

Thanks for asking, John. It’s a pleasure to take part in such a worthwhile venture.

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03

Sep
2010

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Legendary Chinese Dissident Endorses “My Two Chinas”

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Advance quotes have begun to arrive for “My Two Chinas: The Memoir of a Chinese Revolutionary,” my latest book co-written with Tang Baiqiao.

Prometheus Books will release “My Two Chinas” in hardcover (and e-book) in March, 2011.

You can download the publisher’s press release as a PDF by clicking here.

For a copy of the press release in Chinese, click here.

For a copy of the press release in French, click here.

For a copy of the press release in Dutch, click here.

To see a list of Advance Endorsements, click here.

A powerful quote comes from Yan Jiaqi, former head of the Institute of Politics at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Yan has been called “China’s first political scientist.” He earned a reputation as a reformist throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

In the spring of 1989, Yan lent his influential voice to the chorus of intellectuals asking the Communist Party government to dialogue with student and worker demonstrators. When the Party refused, Yan cast his lot with the estimated millions of Chinese across the country who were willing to continue the protest despite the government’s threats of violence.

In late June of ’89, after the massacre in Tiananmen Square, Yan Jiaqi fled to Hong Kong and later took up residence in France. He now lives and resides in the U.S. where he writes regularly for Chinese-language publications around the world. Among his notable books is Turbulent Decade: A History of the Cultural Revolution. Yan continues to advocate for democratic reform in China.

Profiles of Yan Jiaqi can be found here on the Human Rights Watch website, and here on Wikipedia.

 After reading our book, Yan Jiaqi writes:

“Tang Baiqiao’s support for Chinese freedom and human rights has remained constant since his days as a student leader during the 1989 democracy movement, as conveyed in this outstanding book. His work and indomitable fighting spirit have made a tremendous impact on the international community. His unwavering belief in China’s future as a democracy makes him a voice to be heeded as the world continues to change.”

–Yan Jiaqi, noted political scientist and dissident; adviser in Zhao Ziyang’s political reform office; leading intellectual during the 1989 democracy movement; author of Turbulent Decade: A History of the Cultural Revolution

 


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20

Mar
2010

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“Heart of War” wins excellent review from Europe’s cultural news site.

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Artist Emily Prince  has a show going on at London’s Saatchi Gallery called

 American Servicemen and Women Who Have Died in Iraq and Afghanistan (But Not Including the Wounded, Nor the Iraqis nor the Afghanis)

The idea for the show is as simple as it is powerful: to sketch the faces of American casualties of war in the Middle East. 

CultureKiosque (well-deserved winner of several media awards) wrote a review of the show, which you can find here.

In conjunction with Ms. Prince’s work, CultureKiosque also reviewed my book, “Heart of War: Soldiers’ Voices from the Front Lines of Iraq.”  They said:

“Damon DiMarco has assembled an unflinching compilation — first person narratives of returning military personnel — that personalizes America’s involvement in Iraq in a manner all-too-rarely covered by mainstream media. Ignorance, political duplicity, corporate greed and corruption, incompetence, right-wing cynicism, marital infidelity, sexual abuse and the dishearteningly widespread indifference to the existential and medical needs of war veterans are among the issues documented here. Whether voiced by naïve farm kids, street smart city dwellers or the sons and daughters of America’s elite, the accounts of horrors, brutality and pathos are relentless and devastating.

Order Heart of War by clicking the book cover below.

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28

Feb
2010

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Try “Mass Casualties”

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This probably should have been discussed a while back. Better late than never, I guess.

Last June, I was walking around the Book Expo of America in the Jacob Javits Center here in New York. I passed by a table filled with galleys for a book called Mass Casualties: A Young Medic’s True Story of Death, Deception, and Dishonor in Iraq. The author was someone named Michael Anthony.

I was intrigued. I took a copy. One of the great things about BEA: free books!

Here’s the spooky part: I got home that day and found an e-mail waiting for me from a guy named – you guessed it – Michael Anthony.

Michael was an Army medic in Iraq. Mass Casualties is his memoir about the experience. He was asking if I’d be willing to read his book and offer a quote. He said he could have the publishers send a copy right away.

I looked down at his book, which was on my desk, and typed out my response. “As luck would have it? Sending a copy won’t be necessary…” 

Weird that I’d picked up the galley that very afternoon.

Long story short, here’s the quote I eventually offered:

“Compelling. Frank. Funny. Disturbing. Michael Anthony loses his innocence in a slow motion train wreck you can’t help but watch. Mass Casualties opens up a brand new conversation on the War in Iraq.”

—Damon DiMarco,
Author of Heart of War: Soldiers’ Voices from the Front Lines of Iraq

Mass Casualties came out in October or November of 2009. So . . . why would I mention it now? Two very good reasons:

First, my lovely new website allows me to post news of this sort. So I’m posting it. So there.

Second (and much more importantly), Mass Casualties is a good read. Michael’s done a fine job. His book creates a generous and highly-specific thread in the tapestry depicting the lives of modern U.S. soldiers.

If you’re interested in that sort of thing, pick up a copy of Mass Casualties. I bet you won’t be sorry. You can order a copy by clicking on the book’s cover above, or by clicking here. 

And it goes without saying that you should also pick up copy of Heart of War: Soldiers’ Voices from the Front Lines of Iraq. Click the book’s cover below. An e-book edition is now available.

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19

Feb
2010

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My play “Shock & Awe” helps win the January 2010 Manhattan Monologue Slam

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Congratulations to my friend Garrett Hendricks for winning the January 2010 Manhattan Monologue Slam using a piece from my play Shock & Awe (for more information on Shock & Awe, please see the Plays tab).

You can catch a video of Garrett’s winning performance by clicking here.

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18

Feb
2010

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Copies of “Tower Stories” requested for library of USS New York

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Talk about a great honor.

I was recently contacted by a man named John Churcher from Massachusetts, who’s working to build a library for the newly commissioned USS New York.

This library will include books about (among other things) the Navy, Marines, and SEALS written by former Navy veterans such as Roger Staubach, Senator John McCain, former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George Bush Sr., Ross Perot, and Montel Williams. That’s quite a bunch.

John requested some copies of Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11 .

Thanks for asking, John. It’s a pleasure to take part in such a worthwhile venture.

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