I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story

I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story

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by Michael Hastings
     
 

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The “wrenching” (Rachel Maddow, The Rachel Maddow Show) first book by acclaimed journalist Michael Hastings (1980-2013), whose unflinching Rolling Stone article “Runaway General” ended the military career of General Stanley A. McChrystal.

At age twenty-five, Michael Hastings arrived in Baghdad to cover the war in Iraq for…  See more details below

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The “wrenching” (Rachel Maddow, The Rachel Maddow Show) first book by acclaimed journalist Michael Hastings (1980-2013), whose unflinching Rolling Stone article “Runaway General” ended the military career of General Stanley A. McChrystal.

At age twenty-five, Michael Hastings arrived in Baghdad to cover the war in Iraq for Newsweek. He had at his disposal a little Hemingway romanticism and all the apparatus of a twenty-first-century reporter -- cell phones, high-speed Internet access, digital video cameras, fixers, drivers, guards, translators. In startling detail, he describes the chaos, the violence, the never-ending threats of bomb and mortar attacks, the front lines that can be a half mile from the Green Zone, that can be anywhere. This is a new kind of war: private security companies follow their own rules or lack thereof; soldiers in combat get instant messages from their girlfriends and families; members of the Louisiana National Guard watch Katrina's decimation of their city on a TV in the barracks.

Back in New York, Hastings had fallen in love with Andi Parhamovich, a young idealist who worked for Air America. A year into their courtship, Andi followed Michael to Iraq, taking a job with the National Democratic Institute. Their war-zone romance is another window into life in Baghdad. They call each other pet names; they make plans for the future; they fight, usually because each is fearful for the other's safety; and they try to figure out how to get together, when it means putting bodyguards and drivers in jeopardy.Then Andi goes on a dangerous mission for her new employer -- a meeting at the Iraqi Islamic Party headquarters that ends in catastrophe.

Searing, unflinching, and revelatory, I Lost My Love in Baghdad is both a raw, brave, brilliantly observed account of the war and a heartbreaking story of one life lost to it.

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Editorial Reviews

Kimberly Johnson
Hastings's descriptions of events on the ground in Iraq are flat and impartial, delivered in just-the-facts style. But that only heightens his complete candor about his soul-shattering loss from Andi's death in a Baghdad gun battle.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly

Hastings's heartbreaking tale of lost love amid the blood-soaked war zone that is modern-day Iraq, is a tale better realized in print than in audio, despite narration delivered by the author himself. Hastings's reading is hurried, unfolding at a panic-stricken, rushed pace that will have listeners backtracking throughout. As good a writer as Hastings is, he sounds uncomfortable and out of his element, struggling to get through the reading as fast as he can, which in turn loses the poignancy of his memoir. Simultaneous release with the Scribner hardcover. (May)

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From the Publisher
"Powerful.... A tragic love story with broad appeal married to an unflinching account of wartime violence and brutality." —Publishers Weekly Starred Review
Rachel Maddow
"A wrenching book... Some people loved the book and some people hated the book for it being so personal, so emotional, and angry, but that was really the whole point, and that's why he did. Michael was angry. He was also loving and thoughtful and constructive and brilliant."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416561163
Publisher:
Scribner
Publication date:
04/08/2008
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
338,603
File size:
799 KB

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"Powerful.... A tragic love story with broad appeal married to an unflinching account of wartime violence and brutality." —-Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Meet the Author

Michael Hastings (1980-2013) was a contributing editor to Rolling Stone and a reporter for Buzzfeed. In 2008, he covered the US presidential election for Newsweek. His work appeared in GQ, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Slate, Salon, Foreign Policy, The Daily Beast, and a number of other publications. In 2011, he was awarded the George Polk Award for magazine reporting for his story in Rolling Stone, “The Runaway General.” He is the author of I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story (Scribner, 2008) and The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan (Blue Rider, 2012).

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