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The Runaway General
Code: 89  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: , Feminism, Politics & Current Affairs
Friday, May 18 2012 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Ticketed: $20/$15
Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Michael Hastings, Mark Colvin (facilitator)
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Rolling Stone writer Michael Hastings went along for a rollicking ride with General Stanley McChrystal, commander of the US forces in Afghanistan, and witnessed a party that ultimately led to the General’s dismissal and grave questions about America’s conduct of this war. In his follow-up book The Operators, he brings his skills of reportage and analysis to bear on Washington’s approach to its longest-running war. He talks to Mark Colvin.

Change from printed program: Michael Hastings has cancelled his appearance at Sydney Writers' Festival. This event is cancelled. Sydney Writers’ Festival deeply regrets the inconvenience this causes our audience, supporters and friends.

Mark Colvin (Australian)

Mark Colvin has been an ABC reporter and broadcaster for 38 years, working in radio, television and online. A foreign correspondent for more than a decade in the Eighties and Nineties, he covered Europe, the Middle East and Africa. A chronic disease acquired in Rwanda after the massacres of 1994 came close to killing him and eventually forced him off the road. Since 1997, Mark has presented the flagship radio current affairs evening program, PM.

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Michael Hastings (International)

Michael Hastings is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone. From 2002 to 2008 he was a journalist for Newsweek magazine, famous for his Iraq War coverage. In 2010, Rolling Stone published “The Runaway General", Hastings's profile of General Stanley McChrystal, then commander of NATO's International Security Assistance Force directing the war in Afghanistan. The article resulted in McChrystal being relieved of duty. The Operators now tells the full, explosive story of a decade-long war and the egos that run it.

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