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Rain in Anbar Animation Style

This is a six minute cartoon promoting my new book, “Rain in Anbar: An Interpreter’s Story of the Sunni Awakening” coming out soon. Check back for publication details:

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San Jose Author Fair Tomorrow

Come see me at the San Jose Author Fair tomorrow with 30 other local Bay Area authors: http://www.sjpl.org/authorfair

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Handcart Award

Winners of the 2012 Evans Biography and Handcart Awards were announced this month by Utah State University’s Mountain West Center for Regional Studies. The literary prizes highlight the best new biographies with a focus on the Interior West. Handcart Award winner Erin Ann Thomas wrote Coal in our Veins: A Personal Journey as homage to her Welsh ancestors who worked underground in coal mines so that she could earn her living in the light. The book weaves historical research with …

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Larry Gibson and Kayford Mountain (Mountain-top Removal)

We walked along a path in the forest until Larry stopped and pointed down. The earth had begun to gape, opening up to an intricate beehive of tunnels in the ground below. Larry estimated it went down six hundred feet: “It may go one hundred feet that way, forty feet that way, and meanders about.” When he first found it, the mine crack was five inches wide. By the time of our interview, it had pulled apart to a foot …

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A Toxicologist’s Testimony Concerning a Coal-Fired Power Plant

The Weekly Snippet: Selection from Coal in Our Veins Next to testify was Lara Greene, a toxicologist and chemist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She was losing her voice and waved away offers of water, claiming it wouldn’t help. She began by stating that Mirant had given her and her colleagues a grant to study the problem. As a scientist employed by a power plant, she chose her words carefully in her testimony: “Anybody who lives in Marina …

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