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I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story
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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

Overview

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.

I Lost My Love in Baghdad is a searing, unflinching, and revelatory book by “a great reporter,” who will be remembered for being “ambitious, skeptical of power and conventional wisdom, and incredibly brave” (Ben Smith, Buzzfeed) and who “leaves behind a remarkable legacy” (Rolling Stone).

Editorial Reviews

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."
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416560982
Publisher:
Scribner
Publication date:
02/16/2010
Pages:
284
Sales rank:
546,442
Product dimensions:
5.64(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.76(d)

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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

Meet the Author

Michael Hastings (1980-2013) spent two years reporting on Iraq and worked for Newsweek starting in 2002. He won the 2010 George Polk Award for magazine reporting, and at the time of his death, he was writing about politics for the news Web site BuzzFeed.

Michael Hastings, who spent two years reporting on Iraq, has worked for Newsweek since 2002. He has also been published in Slate, Salon, and Foreign Policy.

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I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
andrew cooper More than 1 year ago
this is an amazing story. i cant imagine the pain, anger, confusion and everything else the author went through it is a story that needs to out there more. i have been wanting to this book for over a year but no bookstores keep it on the shelvs. but i got a nook color and this was my first purchase. i believe that this should be carried on the shelves of all bookstores.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's raw, it's gripping, it's descriptions and accounts of stories and incidents that we can't fathom of happening as regular citizens in the U.S. It's an eye-opener and yes, it's a gut-check. I couldn't put it down...and not just because Andi was a friend of mine. Kudos to MH for completely grasping Andi's character and personality, and for allowing the reader to feel like they're right there with him. The genuine and pure intentions behind this book are obvious. Andi would be so proud.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hastings' new book is brilliant and horribly tragic. He reminds me of Kapuscinski in his insight and writing ability.
Zoeyanne More than 1 year ago
A well written book that will have you page turning and a first hand, very personal account of an author who was there embedded with the military at times. While it was also emotional, I believe he described his experience in an unbiased way. I learned more about the culture in Iraq; and it confirmed some impressions I already had. Avid history buff
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I get the impression that Hastings wanted to publish something closer to a war journal, detailing his work in Iraq. Him losing his love seems to be an afterthought throughout the book--five chapters on the conditions in Iraq followed by a kissy kissy conversation that lasts a few pages. This appears to be two books jammed into one, and a tedious, poorly organized book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It shows the amazing contributions made by our military, journalists and other Americans working to help Iraq.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read. After my husband returned from a deployment to Iraq, so many questions went unanswered because he wouldn't talk about it. I saw this book and was immediately drawn to it because he wrote in detail about what was going on over there during the time my husband served. And of course I love a love story so why not? Turns out I could not put it down, it is honest, sad, and gives a very detailed look into the war in Iraq. Yes it is more about the war than the love story but for me it was a perfect mix. I am positive I will be reading it again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gut wrenching love story, wonder if it has anything to do wuth the recent death of Michael Hastings.