Bernard-Henri LÃ©vy is a French philosopher and author of more than 30 books. American Vertigo: Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville was a New York Times best-seller and his new book, Left In Dark Times, will be published this fall.
LÃ©vy has undertaken several diplomatic missions for the French government. He was appointed by French President Jacques Chirac to head a fact-finding mission to Afghanistan in 2002 in the wake of the war against the Taliban, a war that LÃ©vy supported. He has traveled to the worldâ€™s most troubled areas, and followed the trail of Daniel Pearl in Pakistan to research Who Killed Daniel Pearl? His book War, Evil, and the End of History took him to the worldâ€™s forgotten wars, from Colombia to Sri Lanka and his reportage and commentary from Israel during the 2006 Lebanon war appeared to wide acclaim in The New York Times Magazine. After an extensive, clandestine visit to Darfur in 2007, he reported on the ethnic cleansing and genocide there for Le Monde, and in the United States for The New Republic.
LÃ©vy was a participant in the 2005 PEN World Voices Festival.