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Barry Lando

Barry Lando...Web of Deceit author and former "60 Minutes" producer

Prior to writing his book, WEB OF DECEIT, Barry Lando was a producer for CBS’ “60 Minutes” for more than 25 years.

Based first in Washington, D.C., he helped pioneer investigative reporting for the news show. Later in Paris, he covered dramatic events around the globe, from the overthrow of the Shah in Iran to the mounting turmoil in the Middle East, the breakup of the Soviet Union, and the opening of China to the world.

Barry Lando
Barry Lando today

Working primarily with Mike Wallace, but also with Steve Kroft, Ed Bradley, and Diane Sawyer, Lando participated in interviews with such prominent figures as the Ayatollah Khomeini, Kurt Waldheim, Robert Mugabe, Nelson Mandela, Ezer Weitzman, Yassir Arafat, Anwar Sadat, and Deng Xao Peng. For his reporting he won several top journalism awards including two Emmies, a Dupont, Peabody, and George Polk.

After leaving “60 Minutes” in 1997, Lando first traveled around the world with his wife and six year old son; then he returned to Paris where he continued to work as a journalist.

Over the years, his articles have been published in many top magazines and newspapers, such as The International Herald Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The Toronto Globe and Mail, Le Monde, Atlantic Monthly, the New Republic, The Nation, and Salon.com.

In 2004, he prepared an hour-long documentary on foreign intervention in Iraq for Canal + in France, which was rebroadcast around the world. (though never in the United States). He then spent another year and a half to further research and write WEB OF DECEIT: The History of Western Complicity in Iraq from Churchill to Kennedy to George W. Bush.

Barry Lando
Barry in Moscow in earlier days
Lando grew up in Vancouver, Canada, then received a B.A. magna cum laude at Harvard University in Latin American history. While at Harvard, he also began traveling to Latin America, freelancing articles for Canadian and American newspapers. He was briefly imprisoned in Cuba in 1961 during the Missile Crisis.

After one year at Harvard Law School, Lando switched to graduate studies in Latin American affairs at Columbia University in New York. He received a Masters Degree for a thesis on the Cuban Revolution, then left academia to work as a correspondent for Time-Life in Brazil, Peru and Ecuador.

In 1967, he returned to New York and then joined CBS News. One of his first assignments was to help cover the Democratic Convention in Chicago and the racial and political turmoil throughout the Midwest. In 1971 he began work as a producer with “60 Minutes” in Washington, D.C.

Lando currently resides in Paris with his French wife, Elisabeth and his son Edward, 14. He has two other children: Jeffery who produces and directs films in Vancouver, Canada, and Dominique, a therapist in Berkeley, California.

Meanwhile, Lando continues to write articles on Iraq and the Middle East for various media, including two recent OpEd pieces for The Los Angeles Times and The Toronto Globe & Mail. He also maintains his own very active blog, http://barrylando.com.

In His Own Words
Web of Deceit: Reviews; Dust Jacket Text; Talking Points
OpEd Pieces by Barry Lando

Barry Lando is available for speeches, seminars and extended residencies exclusively through the MasterMedia Speakers Bureau.

 

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