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Posts Tagged ‘Afghanistan’

ABC News Publishes Enhanced eBook on Osama Bin Laden

ABC News has published a video enhanced eBook entitled Target: Bin Laden – The Death and Life of Public Enemy Number One. The following writers contributed to this title: chief white house correspondent Jake Tapper, senior foreign affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz, eyewitness Nick Schifrin, chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross, and Nightline co-anchor Terry Moran.

Here’s more from the press release: “[The eBook] features heart-stopping video and photography from the ABC News archives  – from bin Laden’s last interview with a Western news organization and the terrible events of September 11, 2001 to the war in Afghanistan and the white-knuckle moments inside the Situation Room as President Obama and his team watched the operation in Abbottabad unfold.”

The eBook divulges new revelations including Osama Bin Laden‘s codename (“Cakebread”). It also contains one hour of video from ABC News and more than fifty photographs. There are two versions of this eBook available; a full version priced at $7.99 and another that contains only texts and images priced at $5.99. Follow this link to read a free chapter.

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Author & Restrepo Director Tim Hetherington Killed in Libya

Author and Restrepo director Tim Hetherington was killed while reporting in Libya.

Here’s more about his literary work: “His project Healing Sport was published by Thames and Hudson as part of group project Tales of a Globalizing World (Thames & Hudson 2003). Long Story Bit By Bit:Liberia Retold (Umbrage Editions 2009) narrates recent Liberian history by drawing on images and interviews made over a five year period. A new book, Infidel (Chris Boot Ltd 2010), about a group of US soldiers in Afghanistan, continues the examination of young men and conflict.”

In the documentary trailer embedded above (with NSFW language), Hetherington teamed up with journalist and author Sebastian Junger to report in one of the deadliest war zones on earth. Together, they created Restrepo–the winner of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival documentary grand jury prize.

Greg Mortenson Accused of Fabricating Parts of His Memoir

A 60 Minutes report last night accused author Greg Mortenson (pictured, via) of fabricating parts of his bestselling memoirs and misusing funds from his charity, the Central Asia Institute (CAI).

The report examined three particular issues: (1) Did Mortenson first visit the village of Korphe after a mountain climbing trip as he wrote in his memoir, Three Cups of Tea? (2) Was Mortenson captured by the Taliban as he alleged in his follow-up Stones into Schools? (3) Is the CAI carrying out its charitable mission with the money it collects from philanthropists and donors? According to several sources who were interviewed, the answer is “no” to all three questions.

Former CAI donor Jon Krakauer called Mortenson’s first meeting with Korphe villages “a beautiful story” and “a lie.” Mansur Khan Mahsud denied that the Taliban kidnapped the author.  Mahsud appears in a photograph from the alleged kidnapping, but works as the research director of a respected Islamabad think tank.

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Jake Tapper Lands Book Deal for Afghanistan Reporting

ABC News senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper has landed a book deal with Little, Brown and Company to write Enemy In the Wire about a major battle in Afghanistan.

Geoff Shandler acquired the book from Christy Fletcher at Fletcher and Company. In 2001, Tapper (pictured, via)  published Down and Dirty with Little, Brown.

Here’s more about the book, from the release:  “[It] will tell the investigative and inspiring story of the 54 US soldiers who were attacked by and ultimately (after more than 18 hours of fighting) prevailed over 300-400 Taliban at Combat Outpost Keating in northeast Afghanistan.  Tapper will detail the battle and the soldiers’ heroism and valiant service under fire and tell their stories, those of their loved ones, and those of the eight US troops killed that day. He will also investigate the unusual and compromising geography of the camp — tucked in a vulnerable valley surrounded by three heavily forested mountains near the Pakistan border, and explore the history of the camp within the context of the larger mission in Afghanistan.”