Moving between radically disparate worlds is the modus operandi for journalist, author, and independent scholar Douglas Wissing. But the true work comes in the telling: in the weaving of a complex narrative steeped in the spirit of far-flung places; a story that radiates the intense experience of going there and listening.
His thought-provoking writing and meticulous research have resulted in seven books and landed his unique perspective in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, salon.com, and on BBC and NPR networks… READ MORE
Hopeless but Optimistic provides both a deep inquiry into the 21st-century American way of war and an unforgettable glimpse into the rich culture of Afghanistan. It’s a picaresque book about the real stuff of life: the austere grandeur of Afghanistan and its remarkable people; the sometimes tragicomic ground reality of American men and women in a strange and dangerous place: warzone dining, defecation, and sex; the remarkable shopping opportunities for men whose job is to kill. READ MORE