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Global Literary Journalism

Exploring the Journalistic Imagination, Volume 2

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Edited By Richard Lance Keeble and John Tulloch

Following on from the first volume published in 2012, this new volume significantly expands the scope of the study of literary journalism both geographically and thematically.
Chapters explore literary journalism not only in the United Kingdom, the United States and India – but also in countries not covered in the first volume such as Australia, France, Brazil and Portugal, while its central themes help lead the study of literary journalism into previously unchartered territory. More focus is placed on the origins of literary journalism, with chapters exploring the previously ignored journalism of writers such as Myles na gCopaleen, Marguerite Duras, Mohatma Gandhi, Leigh Hunt, D. H. Lawrence, Mary McCarthy and Evelyn Waugh.
Critical overviews of African American literary journalism in the 1950s and of literary journalism in Brazil from 1870 to the present day are also provided, and a section asks whether there is a specific women’s voice in literary journalism.
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9. Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Beyond the Court Jester?

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CHAPTER NINE

Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s Imperial Life IN THE Emerald City

Beyond the Court Jester?

RICHARD LANCE KEEBLE



INTRODUCTION

Rajiv Chandrasekaran is one of the Great and Good of American journalism. Having gained a degree in political science from Stanford University, he joined the Washington Post in 1994. During the months before the U.S. 2003 invasion of Iraq, he was the Post’s bureau chief in Cairo, and then bureau chief in Baghdad from April 2003 to October 2004. Later in 2004 he was appointed journalist in residence at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center. From 2009 to 2011, he was based in the southern Afghan provinces of Helmand and Kandahar covering the impact of President Obama’s decision to the double the number of US troops. Currently he holds the titles of senior correspondent and associate editor of the Post.1

But Chandresekaran had already achieved international fame with the publication of Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Baghdad’s Green Zone, in 2006, It went on to win the BBC Four Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction in 2007, the Overseas Press Club Book Award and the Ron Ridenhour Prize (named after the GI, who helped reveal the 1968 My Lai massacre in the Vietnam War, to “recognize those who persevere in acts of truth-telling that protect the public interest”). The book...

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