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01

Apr
2011

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My review of “Death by China – A Global Call to Action”

On 01, Apr 2011 | In Non-Fiction Book | By admin

My friend Greg Autry asked me to read and comment on his forthcoming book with Peter Navarro. “Deaty by China – A Global Call to Action” is a stunning read, and I urge you to order it at once if you have any interest in China or global politics. You won’t find a more cogent breakdown of the issues facing the current and forthcoming synchronization of East and West. Or, as I say in my review blurb:

“Be forewarned: once you start reading, you won’t want to stop. Death by China lays bare the pivotal, oft overlooked, and sometimes blatantly hidden moves in a massive global chess game. Navarro and Autry have winded the horn, calling the free world to act on behalf of its interests and future. Impressively, they call China as well.”
 
Damon DiMarco, author of Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11 and co-author of My Two Chinas: The Memoir of a Chinese Counterrevolutionary with Baiqiao Tang.

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14

Mar
2011

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“Tower Stories” named one of the “500 Best Books You’ll Ever Read”

On 14, Mar 2011 | In Non-Fiction Book | By admin

Trivia question:

What do the following books have in common?

Answer:

They’re all featured in Read This Next: 500 of the Best Books You’ll Ever Read by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman. Right next to my own  Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11.

Mittelmark and Newman write:

“Damon DiMarco wandered through New York in the weeks after the attack on the Twin Towers collecting the first person accounts that comprise Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11. As you might expect, the result is a series of seriously tear-jerking stories of loss, heroism, and horror.”

Well.

I still wish that Tower Stories never had to be written. But as years pass, it’s nice to see that it’s keeping good company.

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About Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11

 

“The only widely available oral history of 9/11 from the perspective of New Yorkers, this monumental work (originally released by Revolution in 2004) has been updated for the sixth anniversary of the national tragedy. In the weeks following the World Trade Center attack, DiMarco, in the tradition of Studs Terkel, wandered Manhattan collecting the stories of Gothamites who survived the collapse of the towers, came to help or simply bore witness-whether from elsewhere in the city, across the country or overseas . . . DiMarco’s contribution to the memory of that horrific day is enormous; the testimonies collected here form an amazing, one-of-a-kind account.” 

          STAR REVIEW from Publisher’s Weekly 

“. . .unique, a multitude of firsthand experiences preserved as few other 9/11 books have done. This second edition is expanded with many more photographs and with updates about a number of the witnesses interviewed. Recommended for all public and undergraduate libraries.” 

          Margaret Heilbrun for Library Journal 

“While the events of that day were tragic, inspirational reading experience. Most people experienced the terrorist attacks from a safe distance. Like me, many witnessed the events unfold on television. This book not only puts human faces with the events but also gives a glimpse into the rich culture of New Yorkers. While many of the contributors are obviously still struggling to come to grips with the events of that day, they are survivors, and for that reason, they have earned my admiration. Their stories need to be told and preserved as part of the historical record, and DiMarco does this in a compelling fashion.” 

          Journal of Folklore Research 

“I hope this book remains in print for a very long time to come, because everyone should read it. Our children should read it. With regard to 9/11, we-as a people-cannot allow a myth to take root. We must ground ourselves in our pain if we have any hope of moving forward. And move forward we must.” 

          Thomas Kean, Chairman, 9/11 Commission (From the Foreword of Tower Stories) 

“This book defends the understanding, as also the horror, of that day. We are indebted to Mr. DiMarco for the effort and for the editorial acuity.” 

          William F. Buckley, Jr. 

 

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07

Feb
2011

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

On 07, Feb 2011 | In Non-Fiction Book | By admin

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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12

Dec
2010

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Member of U.S. – China Economic Security Review Commission Endorses “My Two Chinas”

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The U.S. – China Economic Security Review Commission was created in 2000 to monitor, investigate, and submit to the U.S. Congress an annual report on the national security implications of the bilateral trade and economic relationship between the United States and the People’s Republic of China. Where appropriate, the Commission also advises Congress on courses for legislative and administrative action.

Public Law 109-108 directs the Commission to focus its work and study on the following eight areas:

  •  proliferation practices
  • economic transfers
  • energy
  • U.S. capital markets
  • regional economic and security impacts
  • U.S. – China bilateral programs, WTO compliance, and
  • the implications of restrictions on speech and access to information in the People’s Republic of China.

The Commission is composed of 12 members, three of whom are selected by each of the Majority and Minority Leaders of the Senate, and the Speaker and the Minority Leader of the House. The Commissioners serve two-year terms.

Commissioner Jerry L. Fiedler was recently reappointed by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for his third term. Of “My Two Chinas,” Commissioner Fiedler writes:

“In the face of oppression most people cower, a few cannot.  Baiqiao Tang acted in 1989 and still strives to change China today.  His struggle teaches us much about the transformation of ordinary people into extraordinary human beings.  This is the amazing story of one man’s journey of constant confrontation and his unbreakable spirit.  To read it helps you understand the many nameless and faceless men and women standing up every day to China’s persistent repression.”

 – Jeffrey Fiedler, U.S. China Economic Security and Review Commission

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

It’s already posted on services like Amazon.com for advanced orders.  

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.

  

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06

Sep
2010

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Two More Astounding Early Endorsements for “My Two Chinas”

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Wow. Two new and powerful quotes have just been submitted for  “My Two Chinas: The Memoir of a Chinese Revolutionary.”

This is my latest book co-written with noted Chinese dissident, 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.

So what are the quotes? One comes from internationally best-selling author, He Qinglian. The other comes from outlaw journalist, Jiao Guobiao.

In brief:

He Qinglian’s book, The Pitfalls of Modernization, criticized the rampant corruption endemic throughout the Chinese Communist system. The book sold more than 100,000 copies and was well-received by the public and economists. However, it ultimately led to He’s exile. Though a respected intellectual, He was pressured to leave China. She fled in 2001 and now resides in the United States where she continues to write prolifically for an international audience.

While a professor of Journalism at Beijing University, Jiao Guobiao wrote the essay Denouncing the Central Propaganda Department (of CPC, Communist Party of China). Jiao intended hisessay to be read by a select group of friends. Instead, it got posted on the Internet and read worldwide. Very soon, Jiao was subjected to house arrest, demotion, persecution, and blacklisting. The University suspended his classes and tried to move him to an archival position where no one would ever see him again. Jiao rebelled by refusing to resign and left the country in 2005. He began speaking out about the oppression of China’s Communist government at venues in Washington D.C., Germany, and England.

 And so, without further ado, here are the quotes:

 “This memoir is courageously written in the ink of blood and tears. It exposes the crimes and human cruelty committed by China’s government behind the guise of prosperity. Despite enormous challenges, Hunan native Tang Baiqiao has struggled ceaselessly to drive the darkness out of China.”

– He Qinglian, renowned economist; critic of Chinese media; author of the international bestseller The Pitfalls of Modernization.

 “A soul-stirring story. In telling Tang’s story, Tang and DiMarco highlight the plight of many Chinese dissidents, and do so with keen sensitivity. Over the years, Tang has acted as a beacon of hope and resolve to those who seek change for China. Let the message of this book go forth: we remember Tiananmen Square, and our work has just begun.”

– Jiao Guobiao, noted dissident writer; banned Professor of Journalism Beijing University; author of the ground-breaking essay, Denouncing the Central Propaganda Department.

To purchase the international rights for “My Two Chinas,” please contact Gretchen Kurtz, international rights manager at Prometheus Books, 800-421-0351. Or call Frank Weimann at The Literary Group International. In New York: (646) 442-5896. In Los Angeles:  (310) 282-8961.
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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”

On 28, Feb 2010 | In Non-Fiction Book | By admin

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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New book under contract

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I’m under contract with Prometheus Books to write My Two Chinas: The Memoir of a Chinese Counterrevolutionary with noted political dissident Tang Baiqiao.

 As a student leader from Hunan Province, Mr. Tang helped to organize the protests that later culminated in the so-called “June 4th Incident” in Tiananmen Square, Beijing in 1989.

Mr. Tang was hunted down and thrown in jail by the Chinese Communist government for nearly three years. During this time he was tortured both mentally and physically.

With the aid of the underground Pro Democracy movement in China, he later escaped to Hong Kong where he was granted political asylum by the United States. Since 1992, he has led the fight for a free and Democratic China while in exile.

Tentative release date: Early 2011.

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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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