Peter Van Buren

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United States Foreign Service Officer (ret.) and author of Hooper's War Peter Van Buren spent a year in Iraq. Following his first book, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, the Department of State began legal proceedings against him, falsely claiming the book revealed classified material. Through the efforts of the ACLU, Van Buren instead retired from the State Department with his First Amendment rights intact.

His second book, Ghosts of Tom Joad, A Story of the #99Percent is a novel about the social and economic changes in America after WWII and the decline of the blue collar middle class in the 1980s. The book anticipated the conditions that led many in America's Rust Belt to help elect
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Peter Van Buren I'm pretty lucky in that I usually don't have writer's block per se, where I can't get anything down. I do have "idea block," where I find I cannot…moreI'm pretty lucky in that I usually don't have writer's block per se, where I can't get anything down. I do have "idea block," where I find I cannot get the plot from Point F to Point G for some reason. When that happens, I'll often skip to another part of the story, or write in something crazy ("They walked from Japan to Hawaii") as a place-holder. Sometimes that crazy thing will get my brain moving again.(less)
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We Meant Well: How I Helped...

3.88 avg rating — 549 ratings — published 2011 — 5 editions
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Last week Trump suspended former CIA head John Brennan’s security clearance. His defenders immediately rose to declare this shall not stand. Twelve former intelligence officials signed a statement criticizing Trump’s decision, claiming “We have never before seen the approval or removal of security clearances used as a political tool, as was done in this case… […]
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“As one Iraqi said, “It is like I am standing naked in a room with a big hat on my head. Everyone comes in and helps put flowers and ribbons on my hat, but no one seems to notice that I am naked.”
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“Kinetic meant violent; a gunfight was kinetic, a tea party was nonkinetic.”
Peter Van Buren, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People

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