Part Reportage And Part Protest, A Foreigner Carrying In The Crook Of His Arm A Tiny Bomb Is An Inquiry Into The Cultural Logic And Global Repercussions Of The War On Terror At Its Center Are Two Men Convicted In US Courts On Terrorism Related Charges Hemant Lakhani, A Seventy Year Old Tried For Attempting To Sell A Fake Missile To An FBI Informant, And Shahawar Matin Siraj, Baited By The New York Police Department Into A Conspiracy To Bomb A Subway Lakhani And Siraj Were Caught Through Questionable Sting Operations Involving Paid Informants Both Men Received Lengthy Jail Sentences Their Convictions Were Celebrated As Major Victories In The War On Terror In Amitava Kumar S Riveting Account Of Their Cases, Lakhani And Siraj Emerge As Epic Bunglers, And The US Government As The Creator Of Terror Suspects To Prosecute Kumar Analyzed The Trial Transcripts And Media Coverage, And He Interviewed Lakhani, Siraj, Their Families, And Their Lawyers Juxtaposing Such Stories Of Entrapment In The United States With Narratives From India, Another Site Of Multiple Terror Attacks And State Crackdowns, Kumar Explores The Harrowing Experiences Of Ordinary People Entangled In The War On Terror He Also Considers The Fierce Critiques Of Post Surveillance And Security Regimes By Soldiers And Torture Victims, As Well As Artists And Writers, Including Coco Fusco, Paul Shambroom, And Arundhati Roy
Amitava Kumar is a novelist, poet, journalist, and Professor of English at Vassar College He was born in Bihar, India he grew up in the town of Patna, famous for its corruption, crushing poverty, and delicious mangoes.
He is the author of Nobody Does the Right Thing A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb Husband of a Fanatic A Personal Journey through India, Pakistan, Love, a
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- 22 October 2017 Amitava Kumar