Michael Totten Biography
Michael Totten is a foreign correspondent and foreign policy analyst who has reported from the Middle East, the Balkans, and the Caucasus. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Daily News, City Journal, LA Weekly, The Jerusalem Post, Beirut’s Daily Star, Reason, Azure, and the Australian edition of Newsweek. He is a contributing editor at City Journal and writes regularly for Commentary. He lives with his wife and two cats in Portland, Oregon, and is a former resident of Beirut.
Michael Totten Age
Totten is of English descent and was born in Salem, Oregon on September 16, 1970. His father was a Republican and a military veteran. Totten’s grandfather was a World War II veteran. Totten attended McKinley Elementary School in Salem, Oregon. He is currently 48 years old.
Michael Totten Education
Totten studied English literature at the University of Oregon in the early 1990s, after attending South Salem High School in the 1980s. He has stated that he did not like his time living in Salem and that he was glad to leave it.
Michael Totten Net Worth
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Michael Totten Career
Totten’s work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, City Journal, New York Daily News, Jerusalem Post, Lebanon’s Daily Star, Reason Magazine, Commentary, LA Weekly, Front Page, Tech Central Station, and Newsweek’s Australian edition. Totten traveled to Baghdad in July 2007 to embed several U.S. Units of the army before moving to Anbar province and embedding with U.S. Marines.
He integrated with the U.S. in early 2007. In Fallujah, the marines integrated with the U.S. again. Baghdad’s army at the end of 2008. Totten won the 2007 Weblog Award for Best Middle East or Africa Blog, he won it again in 2008, and was named Blogger of the Year in 2006 by The Week magazine for his dispatches from the Middle East. During the South Ossetian War of 2008, he was in Georgia. His latest book is Tower of the Sun: Stories from the Middle East and North Africa.
Michael Totten Ideology
In the past, Totten described himself as a “strange combination of liberal, liberal, and neocon” and later described himself as politically centrist. Initially, he supported the Iraq War’s overthrow of Saddam Hussein’s Ba’athist dictatorship, saying during the run-up, “If you don’t join us now when Saddam’s regime drops and Iraqis salute the U.S. Marines, you’ll feel like a jail.
And your jackassery will be exposed under klieg lights for all to see.” However, he thought that the war critics who observed the absence of advancement from 2004 to 2006 were right while the Bush administration was incorrect. He endorsed the 2007 ‘ surge ‘ strategy. On June 23, 2010, Totten applauded the decision of Barack Obama to accept the resignation of General Stanley McChrystal and Totten’s lab.
Michael Totten Funding
Totten defines himself as an “autonomous reporter.” Most of his journeys to Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Libya, Bosnia, Kosovo, Georgia and several other places are paid out of his own pocket, although he has also accepted financing from the Government of Azerbaijan, the American Jewish Committee and the Lebanese Pro-Western March 14 Alliance for journeys to Azerbaijan, Israel and Leba.
Michael Totten Books
- Tower of the Sun: Stories From the Middle East and North Africa
- Where the West Ends
- Resurrection: A Zombie Novel
- Taken – A Novel
- In the Wake of the Surge
- On the Hunt in Baghdad
- In the Land of the Brother Leader
- Raid Night