In Berkeley Rep's Fallaci, a Journalist Takes on Everybody

She got Henry Kissinger to say the war in Vietnam was useless, asked the Shah of Iran if he would throw her in jail if she were Iranian and criticized him, and wondered to Libya's Muammar Qaddafi if he knew how unloved he was. Oriana Fallaci was known for interviewing world leaders and her confrontational way of doing so. Lawrence Wright, a writer for The New Yorker and the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, particularly remembers the Italian journalist's 1979 interview with Ayatollah Khomeini — where she pressed him on the treatment of Iran's Kurdish minority and women under his regime and took off her chador, calling it a “stupid, medieval rag.”

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