Rating is available when the video has been rented.
This feature is not available right now. Please try again later.
Published on Jun 16, 2009
The Authors@Google program welcomed New York Times correspondent Neil MacFarquhar to Google's New York office to discuss his book, "The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday".
"Neil MacFarquhar served as New York Times Cairo bureau chief from 2001 through 2005 and is now its UN bureau chief. His Mideast expertise predates his Cairo assignment: he grew up in Libya and covered the region for the AP, including stints in Israel and Kuwait. An Arabic speaker, his expertise in the region has led to appearances ranging from national television news to the Tribeca Film Festival. He is the author of a novel, The Sand Café (PublicAffairs), about Gulf war correspondents marooned in a Saudi hotel."
"In this book, he introduces a cross-section of unsung, dynamic men and women pioneering political and social change. There is the Kuwaiti sex therapist in a leather suit with matching red headscarf, and the Syrian engineer advocating a less political interpretation of the Koran. MacFarquhar interacts with Arabs and Iranians in their every day lives, removed from the violence we see constantly, yet wrestling with the region's future. These are people who realize their region is out of step with the world and are determined to do something about it—on their own terms."