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David Axe

About Me:
David Axe is a freelance war correspondent based in Columbia, S.C. Since 2005 he has reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, East Timor, Somalia, Chad, Congo and other conflict zones. His work has appeared in hundreds of magazines and newspapers. His is the author of the graphic novel WAR IS BORING, published in August 2010 by New American Library.
 
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http://www.warisboring.com/
About Me:
David Axe is a freelance war correspondent based in Columbia, S.C. Since 2005 he has reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, East Timor, Somalia, Chad, Congo and other conflict zones. His work has appeared in hundreds of magazines and newspapers. His is the author of the graphic novel WAR IS BORING, published in August 2010 by New American Library.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ted Rall, The Anti-American Manifesto

By: Sunday October 24, 2010 1:58 pm

As a cartoonist, columnist, radio host, TV guest and graphic novelist, Ted Rall has always been hard to categorize. Rall is liberal and an environmentalist, to be sure, but he’s a peculiar brand of both. He’s not scared of guns or all gun owners and he’s got a strong law-and-order streak. He seems to dismiss popular “peak oil” theories that anticipate a rapid and disastrous fall-off in petroleum production. He’s equally critical of Democrats and Republicans.

Rall is most notorious for his U.S. political commentary. A 2004 cartoon criticizing football player-turned-soldier Pat Tillman, who was killed by “friendly” fire in Afghanistan, is easily Rall’s most famous work. But arguably Rall’s most unique and important work has grown out of his infrequent jaunts through foreign conflict zones, particularly in Central Asia. A trip to Afghanistan in 2001 produced the graphic novel To Afghanistan and Back, one of the best and most prescient books on the now decade-old war. For all that, Rall’s most eloquent work isn’t political at all. His memoir The Year of Loving Dangerously recounts his turbulent but passionate youth.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Sebastian Junger, War

By: Saturday June 19, 2010 2:00 pm

In 2007 and 2008 Junger and his photographer Tim Hetherington spent several months living with a platoon of U.S. Army paratroopers in eastern Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. At one point during a spike in the fighting, the 30 young men of Junger’s Second Platoon — part of the 173rd Airborne Brigade based in Italy — accounted for around a third of all the combat experienced by the 160,000 NATO troops in Afghanistan. Half of the platoon fell dead or wounded. Others suffered psychological injuries.

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