Ben East Books covers reading and writing about global affairs.

Ben’s non-fiction contemplates American influence around the world, from Kabul to the Middle East and around Africa. His first novel, Two Pumps for the Body Man, examines diplomacy’s role in the war on terror, and discovers that the enemy can’t kill us if our institutions kill us first. He followed that up with Patchworks, which explores American gun culture in a similar light.

Diplomatic assignments have taken Ben to India, Washington, Mexico, Ghana, Nicaragua, and Saudi Arabia. He taught English at the American School of Asuncion in Paraguay; at Brooklyn College Academy in New York; and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi.

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