About Ben East

American author and diplomat Ben East published Two Pumps for the Body Man as a Bush-Cheney era black comedy. Set in Saudi Arabia, Two Pumps does for American diplomacy and the War on Terror what Catch-22 did for military logic during the Second World War: The enemy can’t kill us if our institutions kill us first.

Ben’s second novel, Patchworks, examines American gun culture in a similar light.

Originally from Connecticut, diplomatic assignments have taken the author to India, Washington, Mexico, Ghana, Nicaragua, and Saudi Arabia. Ben taught literature and composition 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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17 thoughts on “About Ben East

  1. Saw you in the Hartford Courant, what a surprise. I just wanted to congratulate you on your book and hope you make the final three.


  2. Thanks for following my blog! Looks like we have much in common: foreign service life, Peace Corps, and Ironman. I look forward to reading some of your work!


    • Yes! Add to that the 50-miler… I ran the Elk Valley Man-Horse race in 2001, the year before I joined State! Also a former English teacher, so there you go. Where did you serve in the Peace Corps? -ben


      • Wow- much in common, indeed! I was Peace Corps Bulgaria, and my husband, too. Where have your State posts brought you?


      • after PC Malawi it was 2 yrs at the American School in Asuncion, then with State to Saudi Arabia, Nicaragua, Ghana, and Mexico. Home at last! Great to connect! -ben


      • Wow, you’ve been all over! Where in Mexico? Our first post with state was in Matamoros. Which Ironman(s) did you do? I’ve only done one, Wisconsin 2009. I’d like to think I’ll do another one someday, but actually committing to it is another story. Great to connect, indeed!


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