2008

Betrayed

In early 2007, George Packer published an article in The New Yorker about Iraqi interpreters who jeopardized their lives on behalf of the Americans in Iraq, with little or no U.S. protection or security. The article drew national attention to the humanitarian crisis and moral scandal.

Betrayed, based on Mr. Packer's interviews in Baghdad, tells the story of three young Iraqis - two men and one woman - motivated to risk everything by America's promise of freedom. Betrayed explores the complex relationships among the Iraqis themselves, and with their American supervisor, struggling to find purpose while a country collapses around them.

Read the feature article on Betrayed from The New York Times.

Read the full text of Packer's "Betrayed" on The New Yorker's website

George Packer is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author, most recently, of The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq, which won several awards and was named by The New York Times as one of the ten best books of 2005. He has published two other works of non-fiction, The Village of Waiting (1988), a memoir about his years in the Peace Corps in West Africa, and Blood of the Liberals (2000), a three-generational political history, which won the 2001 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.

He has also published two novels, The Half Man (1991) and Central Square (1998), and is the editor of The Fight is for Democracy: Winning the War of Ideas in America and the World (2003). His articles, essays and reviews on foreign affairs, American politics and literature have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Dissent, and other publications.

He lives in Brooklyn.

Pippin Parker is a founding member and former Artistic Director of Naked Angels theater company. As a director, he has staged new pieces by playwrights including Nicole Burdette, Eduardo Machado, and Frank Pugliese. He previously worked with Culture Project as co-Artistic Director of The Democracy Project.

As a writer, his plays include Anesthesia, Assisted Living, and numerous one acts, which have been produced in New York and Los Angeles. His radio play A Gift was broadcast on NPR’s The Next Big Thing. Parker is currently the Chair of the graduate playwriting department at the New School for Drama.