I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story

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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.

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).

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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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Yes, there's an exciting story here. But the author is not the narrator to convince you of that. His delivery sounds disconnected from the drama of his memoir. He writes of how at age 25 he was sent by NEWSWEEK to cover the Iraq War. His girlfriend, Andi, joined him there and, later, was killed in a botched kidnapping. The story recounts their efforts to keep their love alive in the midst of violence and death. Their fear is extreme; their passion moving and intense. But Hastings's narration reflects none of these. His powerful dialogue is expressed in monotones so that he sounds almost indifferent as he tells of the raw events that ripped apart his life. S.W. AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine

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