Betrayed A Play

George Packer

Faber & Faber



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128 Pages


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Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play In January 2007, George Packer met two Iraqis in the lobby of the Palestine Hotel to hear their stories and those of other Iraqis, who embraced America's presence in the nation so enthusiastically that they risked their lives to work as translators and additional key personnel. Such Iraqi citizens, mostly young men and women, have been killed by insurgents and militias, ignored by U.S. officials, fired from their jobs without reason or recourse, and prevented from fleeing to the States for safety. They assumed that their perspective would be valuable to foreigners who knew little or nothing of the country, but those who have tried to help bridge the gap between the occupiers and the occupied have received little respect or gratitude. Based on Packer's account in The New Yorker, Betrayed is a drama that explores, in the Iraqis' own words, the ways in which America has abandoned them.


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GEORGE PACKER is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of five books, including The Assasin’s Gate (FSG, 2006). His reporting has won four Overseas Press Club awards.
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  • George Packer

  • George Packer is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of several books, including The Assassins' Gate, a Pulitzer Prize Finalist, and Blood of the Liberals, winner of the 2001 Robert F. Kennedy Award. He is also the editor of the anthology The Fight Is for Democracy. He lives in Brooklyn.
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