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Interviews with History and Conversations with Power

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  12 reviews
A posthumous compilation of this award-winning and best-selling writer and journalist’s seminal, historic interviews. Oriana Fallaci was granted access to countless world leaders and politicians throughout her remarkable career. Considering herself a writer rather than a journalist, she was never shy about sharing her opinions of her interview subjects. Her most memorable ...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Rizzoli (first published October 26th 2010)
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Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
A posthumous collection of fourteen interviews.

The title is not at all an exaggeration. Over her journalistic career, Oriana Fallaci enjoyed unlimited access to notable figures - those that call themselves leaders, and those who have obtained power. She is perhaps most famous for goading Henry Kissinger into calling himself a 'cowboy' and admitting that the Vietnam War was 'useless', or for tearing off her chabod during a sit with the Ayatollah Khomeini.

You could read this collection as a stud
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is about an Italian lady who interviewed a lot of top top politicians and world leaders in the 1960s and 1970s. I have to admit that I really did respect Oriana even though I later found out that she had a very negative view of the Islamic world which is strange in a way because she went to those countries so often as a part of her interviews in the first place. She was brave there is no doubt about that. Some of the questions she asked to some of the leaders she spoke to were brutiful ...more
Fascinating collection of period pieces, the combative Ms Fallaci pitting herself against the prominent political leaders of 60s and 70s - Reza Pahlavi, Meir, Bhutto, Ghaddafi, Ghandi, Sharon, and so on.

Working on the premise that a journalist asks the questions that any reasonably informed citizen would ask given access and research time, Fallaci is correct in considering herself a writer and not a journalist; she inserts herself and her perspectives into the fray, doesn’t muck about with supp
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quirky book -- Fallaci herself is quite neurotic. But some fascinating material in some of these interviews. Some are simply the rantings of lunatics and psychopaths; but this, too, as in the case of Qadaffi, can prove illuminating.

The book, as others have noted is very poorly edited -- which is all the more surprising as I had this on pre-order for nearly 2 years, and these are not even new translations.
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Fallaci’s Interviews are the stuff of legend.
She spoke to everyone who was moving and shaking the world in the 60s-70s-80s
She is forthright and honest. Unbiased - except against dictatorship - whether of left or right.

Her interviews with khomeini and Gaddafi are incredible
Two negatives
First the book badly needed a better proof reading and a better editing
I wont list the typos and interview format mistakes
Good reads said this has 280 pages and it has over 370...
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, italy
Oriana Fallaci's legacy of incisive journalism and brutal interviews that ask controversial political figures tough questions has been (rightfully) tarnished by her unacceptable and offensive Islamophobia. Whether or not her work can still be enjoyed will depend on the individual reader.

That being said, this book is, an excellent collection of interviews important for anyone interested in journalism. Interviewers like Oriana Fallaci don't exist anymore. It's clear from the collection presented h
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oriana Fallaci’s Interviews with History and Conversations with Power is a fantastic book, filled with her most riveting, thought-provoking and controversial political interviews. A fascinating insight into people such as Ayatollah Khomeini, Muammar el-Qaddafi, Yasir Arafat, Robert Kennedy, Reza Pahlavi, Golda Meir and the infamous Henry Kissinger.
Emily Bragg
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fascinating . The structure was interesting bc of the paired interview sets of rivals, and her style was absolutely ferocious :)
Robert Collette
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's amazing that this woman lived as long as she did considering some of the questions she put to some of the most brutal leaders the world has seen.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I read each chapter separately, I enjoyed Fallaci's story telling style, her choice of personalities , but did not agree with lots of her impressions and opinions .
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Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
The temptation must have been great indeed to refuse an interview with Oriana Fallaci, journalist, war correspondent and novelist. There were those who claimed they never gave interviews, but consented to her request, all with prior knowledge of her work. Henry Kissinger called his interview, "the most disastrous conversation I ever had with the press." And this from the former Secretary of State who had negotiated with his political counterparts from the world's toughest neighborhoods. Maybe th ...more
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Oriana Fallaci was born in Florence, Italy. During World War II, she joined the resistance despite her youth, in the democratic armed group "Giustizia e Libertà". Her father Edoardo Fallaci, a cabinet maker in Florence, was a political activist struggling to put an end to the dictatorship of Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini. It was during this period that Fallaci was first exposed to the at ...more