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ITERVIEW WITH HISTORYOriana Fallaci
Oriana Fallaci (29 June 1929 - 15 September 2006) was an Italian journalist, author, and political interviewer. A former partisan during World War II, she had a long andsuccessful journalistic career.She interviewed many internationally known leaders and celebrities such as the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Dalai Lama, Henry Kissinger, the Shah of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini, WillyBrandt, Walter Cronkite, Muammar al-Gaddafi, Federico Fellini, Sammy Davis Jr, Nguyen Cao Ky, Yasir Arafat, Indira Gandhi, Alexandros Panagoulis, ArchbishopMakarios III, Golda Meir, Nguyễn Văn Thiệu, Haile Selassie, Sean Connery and LechWalesa.Fallaci was born in Florence, Italy. During World War II, she joined the resistancedespite her youth, in the democratic armed group "Giustizia e Libertà". Her father Edoardo Fallaci, a cabinet maker in Florence, was a political activist struggling to put anend to the dictatorship of Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini. It was during this periodthat Fallaci was first exposed to the atrocities of war. In a 1976 retrospective collection of her works, she remarked that:Fallaci began her journalistic career in her teens, becoming a special correspondent for the Italian paper
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in 1946. Since 1967 she worked as a war correspondent, in Vietnam, for the Indo-Pakistani War, in the Middle East and in SouthAmerica. For many years, Fallaci was a special correspondent for the political magazine
and wrote for a number of leading newspapers and
magazine. Duringthe 1968 Tlatelolco massacre, prior to the 1968 Summer Olympics, Fallaci was shot threetimes, dragged down stairs by her hair, and left for dead by Mexican forces.She interviewed Z. A. Bhutto in April 1972. This is what she wrote about Bhutto:
He is undoubtedly one of the most complex leaders of our time and the only interesting one his country has so far produced. The only one, moreover, capable of saving it, at least for a while. Anyone will tell you there is no alternative to Bhutto. If Bhutto goes, Pakistan will be erased from the map.