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Brett Dakin

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Brett Dakin is the author of American Daredevil: Comics, Communism, and the Battles of Lev Gleason (Chapterhouse) and Another Quiet American: Stories of Life in Laos (Asia Books). His writing has appeared in the New York Daily News, the International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, and The Guardian. A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, Brett grew up in London and now lives in New York City with his husband—and their dog, Carl. ...more

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Brett Dakin I treat the blank screen as an enemy to be vanquished, so I don't allow it to remain blank for long. I try to populate the screen with words right awa…moreI treat the blank screen as an enemy to be vanquished, so I don't allow it to remain blank for long. I try to populate the screen with words right away, then hack away at them until I have something of value. The original manuscript for American Daredevil was nearly twice the length of the published book. Good riddance!(less)
Brett Dakin Not much gives me more pleasure than a well-crafted sentence. Finding just the right words to express an idea or capture a moment brings me great joy.…moreNot much gives me more pleasure than a well-crafted sentence. Finding just the right words to express an idea or capture a moment brings me great joy. My latest book is a biography, which brings a sense of mission to the craft: without American Daredevil, Lev Gleason's story might never have been told. By sharing it with my readers, and pointing to the relevance of his battles to our struggles today, I ensure that his legacy endures.(less)
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Another Quiet American by Brett Dakin
"A young, just graduated from college guy decides to take a job in Laos. He comes from a well-to-do family and has had every advantage in life but just doesn't feel ready to enter the working world yet. He sees an advertisement for a tourism marketing" Read more of this review »
Another Quiet American by Brett Dakin
"V interesting but a bit toooo personal at times for me"
Another Quiet American by Brett Dakin
"It says a huge amount about this book that it is still readily on sale (and purchased), not least in Laos itself and neighbouring Thailand. I've spent half my life here in Vientiane and I continue to recommend this book 22 tears since its initial pub" Read more of this review »
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American Daredevil by Brett Dakin
"Really interesting insight into the history of comics. I had never heard of any of this and I have many thousands of comics in my house. Throw in a collision with the House Un-American Activities Committee and you have a fascinating story"
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“  Over a bowl of steaming feu, Chinese noodle soup, Mon kept talking. As always, the soup was served with a plate piled high with fresh greens—cilantro and mint, bean sprouts and lemon—that one added for taste. On the table sat an assortment of Lao and Thai condiments like fish paste, chili peppers, and hot sauce. I usually stayed away from these deadly bottles. Mon, on the other hand, dumped a healthy dose of each into her bowl. Just one”
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