02 Dec 2016
The Story Behind the Stories
Journalist and author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon shares the stories behind her two New York Times
best-selling books, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana
and Ashley’s WarTopics:
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon (MBA 2006) is a journalist and author of two New York Times best selling books. She was a political reporter and a TV producer in DC before coming to HBS, and started writing about entrepreneurship in conflict zones while she was a student here. Her first book, 2012’s The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, tells the story of Kamila Sidiqi, a young female Afghan entrepreneur who built a thriving business under Taliban rule. Her 2015 book, Ashley’s War, follows a team of female soldiers working alongside frontline troops in Afghanistan. She spoke with Bulletin associate editor April White about the stories behind those stories—and the parallels between them.
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