Interview with Jon Krampner

What are your politics?
I'm a leftish independent. I've been burned too many times by the corporatism and Republican-enabling of the Democratic Party to consider myself a Democrat any longer, although I sometimes vote for individual Democrats when I feel it makes sense to do so.
Did you do any original research for this e-book?
I conducted two lengthy interviews with Joe Wilson, one by telephone, and one in person when he and his wife were in Southern California as part of a distinguished speakers series. I also swapped e-mails with him, Valerie Plame Wilson, and Marcy Wheeler, the author of "Anatomy of Deceit."

Originally, I had hoped to interview the Wilsons in New Mexico, but came down with the flu on the Amtrak to Albuquerque, and didn't want to share my germs with them.

I also read many of the key articles about Plamegate, as well as Joe Wilson's book "The Politics of Truth," Valerie Plame's "Fair Game," Marcy Wheeler's "Anatomy of Deceit," Murray Waas' "The United States v. I. Lewis Libby" and the Report of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on the U.S. Intelligence Community’s Prewar Intelligence Assessments on Iraq.
Why did you write this?
It was the sample chapter for a book, a series of biographical profiles of dissidents and whistleblowers who stood up to the misrule of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. I couldn't find anyone who wanted to publish the book, so I decided to self-publish the chapter about Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame electronically.
There's been a lot of good writing about Plamegate, including books by Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame themselves. What contribution does your e-book make to the genre??
The virtue of "What He Didn't Find in Africa" is that it is a concise (9000 words) accounting of a remarkably complex case. In an effort to cover up its criminal wrongdoing, the George W. Bush administration skulked around in the shadows and launched a complex counter-factual counter-narrative about its role in lying us into the Iraq War and violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. I feel this e-book helps arm anyone who wants to punch holes in Bushco's fabulism about Plamegate with the facts they need to do so.
What is your publishing record?
This is the first time I've published about politics, but I do have a track record as an author.

I'm the author of three paper, ink and glue books: The first was "The Man in the Shadows: Fred Coe and the Golden Age of Television (Rutgers University Press, 1997)." Publishers Weekly called it "diligent and inviting, adding, "Krampner weaves Coe's story with solid writing, subtle humor and a slavish devotion to detail." My second book was "Female Brando: The Legend of Kim Stanley" (Backstage Books/Watson-Guptill, 2006), which Kirkus called "a steadily turning kaleidoscope of vivid, unsettling images." And the third was "Creamy and Crunchy: An Informal History of Peanut Butter, the All-American Food" (Columbia University Press, 2013), of which the Times Literary Supplement of London said "Jon Krampner is a wonderful guide to the many paradoxes of this all-American food."
But if you haven't published about politics before, what credentials do you have to write about the subject?
I've been a political activist for a long time; that activism went into overdrive when George W. Bush and Dick Cheney succeeded in stealing the 2000 presidential election and proceeded to destroy the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, our economy, Iraq, Afghanistan and our international reputation, among other things.

I've read extensively on contemporary politics, published numerous letters to the editor of national publications, gone on many marches against the Iraq War and a variety of other issues, volunteered for and contributed to political candidates, supported Occupy LA, joined Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, and, with them, been arrested for civil disobedience, protesting the 10th anniversary of the U.S. war against Afghanistan.

So I think I know my subject pretty well.
Published 2015-06-12.
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Books by This Author

Joe Wilson: What He Didn't Find in Africa
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 10,770. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » White house
A crisp, concise (9000 words) account of Plamegate, the sequence of events set in motion when Ambassador Joseph Wilson IV published "What I Didn't Find in Africa," his 2003 New York Times op-ed challenging Bush/Cheney lies about the rationale for the Iraq War.