Dirty Wars and Polished Silver: The Life and Times of a War Correspondent Turned Ambassatrix

Dirty Wars and Polished Silver: The Life and Times of a War Correspondent Turned Ambassatrix

by Lynda Schuster


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From a former Wall Street Journal foreign correspondent, an exuberant memoir of life, love, and transformation on the frontlines of conflicts around the world

Growing up in 1970s Detroit, Lynda Schuster felt certain life was happening elsewhere. And as soon as she graduated from high school, she set out to find it.

Dirty Wars and Polished Silver
is Schuster’s story of her life abroad as a foreign correspondent in war-torn countries, and, later, as the wife of a U.S. Ambassador. It chronicles her time working on a kibbutz in Israel, reporting on uprisings in Central America and a financial crisis in Mexico, dodging rocket fire in Lebanon, and grieving the loss of her first husband, a fellow reporter, who was killed only ten months after their wedding.

But even after her second marriage, to a U.S. diplomat, all the black-tie parties and personal staff and genteel “Ambassatrix School” grooming in the world could not protect her from the violence of war.

Equal parts gripping and charming, Dirty Wars and Polished Silver is a story about one woman’s quest for self-discovery—only to find herself, unexpectedly, more or less back where she started: wiser, saner, more resolved. And with all her limbs intact.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612197784
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication date: 09/25/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 638,814
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Lynda Schuster is a former foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and The Christian Science Monitor, who has reported from Central and South America, Mexico, the Middle East, and Africa. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Utne Reader, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Times Magazine, among other. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and daughter.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Israel, 1973 xiii

Part 1 1

1 Detroit, 1966 3

2 Central America, 1981 19

3 Central America, 1982 45

4 Mexico, 1983 83

Part 2 101

5 The Middle East, 1984 103

6 South America, 1985 127

7 Southern Africa, 1986 149

8 Liberia, 1989 185

Part 3 225

9 Washington, 1992 227

10 Mozambique, 1994 255

11 Peru, 1996 281

12 Peru, 1998 307

Epilogue: Pittsburgh, 2014 319

Illustration Credits 323

Acknowledgments 325

A Note About the Author 329

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Dirty Wars and Polished Silver: The Life and Times of a War Correspondent Turned Ambassatrix 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
LaMere 10 months ago
If you have ever fantasized about being a foreign correspondent or a wife of an American ambassador, then you must read “Dirty Wars and Polished Silver: The Life and Times of a War Correspondent Turned Ambassatrix” by Lynda Schuster. It is a unique opportunity to get a glimpse into both lives and be treated to an entertaining read at the same time. It is a riveting memoir about one woman’s professional and personal life and the dynamic, historic events that helped shape it. From the very beginning, Lynda captures us with her honest, heart-wrenching and often witty portrayal of her experiences. Her engaging personal style invites us to travel along with her to some of the most troubled and overlooked outposts in the world while at the same time she navigates the ups and downs of her private life. The result is a fascinating up-close and open-eyed view of real stories and people behind the news headlines.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could really picture every moment of Lynda’s first trip to Israel and living on the kibbutz after having only read the prologue of this book. I have known her for more than 30 years and now, having read this prologue, everything makes sense. It was as if I needed to read this brief introduction in order to know her fully - or at least more fully - than I have.