The Journalist, the Agitator, the Legend
by Cristina De Stefano
Pub Date 17 Oct 2017
Oriana Fallaci is known for her uncompromising vision. To retrace Fallaci's life means to retrace the course of history from World War II to 9/11.
As a child, Fallaci enlisted herself in the Italian Resistance alongside her father. Her hatred of fascism and authoritarian regimes would accompany her throughout her life. Covering the entertainment industry early on in her career, she created an original, abrasive interview style, focusing on her subject's emotions, contradictions, and facial expressions more than their words. When she grew bored of interviewing movie stars and directors, she turned her attention to the greatest international figures of the time: Khomeini, Gaddafi, Indira Gandhi, and Kissinger, placing herself front and center in the story. Reporting from the front lines of the world's greatest conflicts, she provoked her own controversies wherever she was stationed, leaving behind epic collateral damage in her wake.
Thanks to unprecedented access to personal records, Cristina De Stefano brings back to life a remarkable woman whose groundbreaking work and torrid love affairs will not soon be forgotten. Oriana Fallaci allows a new generation to discover her story, and witness the passionate, persistent journalism that we urgently need in these times of upheaval and uncertainty.
“In Oriana Fallaci you will find everything that you expect to read...and also many unpublished discoveries...There is no doubt, however, that the romantic, tragic ,and absolute...Oriana Fallaci is the true revelation of Cristina De Stefano.” —Il Giornale
“Here is the book that those who loved Oriana Fallaci awaited...the first and only authorized biography of an icon of journalism, told starting from the private, with sensitivity, intelligence, and precision by Cristina De Stefano.” —Marie Claire (Italy)
"This is a terrific book about courage, ambition and old-fashioned Italian chutzpah. These are the qualities that made Oriana Fallaci one of the most celebrated journalists of her time. This is a compelling biography of a pioneer of journalistic fearlessness." —Charles Kaiser, author of The Cost of Courage
“This is a gripping account of the controversial Italian journalist's rise from schoolgirl Partisan courier to courageous war reporter, celebrated author and the world's most feared and admired interviewer. Cristina De Stefano brings to life all the public success and private struggles of a woman who battled her way to the top of a world shaped by men, taking on Henry Kissinger, Muammar Gaddafi, and Ayatollah Khomeini along the way. Oriana Fallaci is as vivid, bold and endlessly surprising as its subject.” —Rachel Aspden, author of Generation Revolution