Peter Eichstaedt

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"In this provocative and engaging book, Peter Eichstaedt has given us an insightful and fascinating on-the-ground account of how the US-Mexico divide has turned into an increasingly militarized frontier of fear.” —Peter Andreas, author of Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America and Border Games: Policing the U.S.-Mexico Divide
"A powerful and long-over due expose of greed and violence in the battle over Africa's mineral wealth."
--Greg Campbell, author of Blood Diamonds
"Exhilarating, exhaustive, and written with a passion for a troubled land."
--Rob Crilly, author of Saving Darfur
"You must read this powerful book."
--Archbishop Desmond Tutu
How America's frantic entry into the nuclear age devastated and continues to damage the Navajo people and their communities.
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"A critical read for anyone looking to understand what's at stake as American forces leave Afghanistan." --Tom Peter, of the Christian Science Monitor +++ "Authentic voices of Afghanistan ... capable reporting as compelling reading, vitally important...." -- David Isby, Afghanistan, Graveyard of Empires.

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Police escort, Marja, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, April 2011

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With guards waiting for Joseph Kony and his men in South Sudan. Matt Brown photo.

Peter Eichstaedt is a veteran journalist and author dedicated to revealing the stories behind human rights tragedies around the world.

He is the former country director in Afghanistan and former Africa Editor for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. He has lived and worked in the Balkans, eastern Europe, Afghanistan, and eastern Africa, as well as The Hague, Netherlands, where he covered African war crimes trials.

He is the author of:

The Dangerous Divide: Peril and Promise on the US-Mexico Border, fearless insight into reality and myths of life on the legendary borderlands of the American southwest.

Above the Din of War: Afghans Speak About Their Lives, Their Country, and Their Future -- And Why America Should Listen, (April 2013), the untold story of the Afghan people in America's longest war, as told by the Afghan men, women, and children from every corner of country.

Consuming the Congo: War and Conflict Minerals in the World's Deadliest Place, (July 2011), an arresting revelation of how the minerals in cell phones and computers have fueled war and the death of more than 5 million people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Pirate State: Inside Somalia's Terrorism at Sea (2010), a chilling and unflinching examination of the Somali pirates.

First Kill Your Family: Child Soldiers of Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army (2009), the shocking and original story of the origins, atrocities, and continuing horror perpetrated by Joseph Kony, Africa's most vicious militia leader.

If You Poison Us: Uranium and Native Americans (1994), a ground-breaking expose of the devastation caused by uranium mining on the Navajo Reservation.