Under the Wire: Marie Colvin's Final Assignment

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9781480537132: Under the Wire: Marie Colvin's Final Assignment

Marie Colvin, described as "the greatest war correspondent of her generation," was killed in a rocket attack in February 2012 while reporting on the desperate suffering of civilians inside Syria's besieged Homs. Paul Conroy, who had forged a close bond with Colvin as they put their lives on the line time and time again to report from some of the world's most dangerous conflict zones, was with her. Under the Wire is Paul's gripping, visceral and moving account of their friendship, and in particular, the final year he spent alongside Marie.

When Marie and Paul were smuggled into Syria by rebel forces, they found themselves trapped in one of the most hellish neighborhoods on earth. Fierce barrages of heavy artillery fire rained down on the buildings surrounding them, killing and maiming hundreds of civilians. Marie was killed by a rocket which also blew hole in Paul's thigh, big enough to put his hand through. Bleeding profusely, short of food and water and in excruciating pain, Paul then endured five days of intense bombardment before being evacuated in a daring escape involving a motorbike ride through a tunnel, crawling through enemy terrain, and finally climbing a 12-foot-high wall.

Astonishingly vivid, heart-stoppingly dramatic and shot through with the darkest of humor, in Under the Wire Paul Conroy shows what it means to a be a war reporter in the 21st century. His is a story of two brave people drawn together by a shared compulsion to bear witness.

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About the Author:

Paul Conroy is a former British soldier. As a photographer and filmmaker whose work spans 15 years, he has reported on the conflicts in Iraq, the Congo, Kosovo, Libya and Syria. He has worked in warzones all over the world, taking photographs and making films for the BBC, Sky TV and the Sunday Times, amongst others.

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David Remnick, The New Yorker
Colvin devoted her life and gave her life for the proposition that the truth of history demands witnesses. Her death, like that of so many others, is yet another reminder, as if any more were needed, that experience in the field is no shelter from disaster.”
Tom Fletcher, British ambassador to Lebanon Paul’s experience is a chilling testimony to what families in Homs are experiencing. We need renewed focus on humanitarian support and to put an end to violence.”

Booklist
In this tense, hour-by-hour account, he takes readers back to Syria and the events that led to their being behind the battle lines Colvin was a significant voice in international journalism and will be sorely missed, and Conroy’s account is unforgettable.”
Vanity Fair
In Under the Wire, Conroy relives their odyssey and its harrowing final hours.”
Publisher’s Weekly
Conroy’s visceral account is provides readers with a greater appreciation for the work of war correspondents and insight into the sacrifices they make.”
Bookviews
Anyone who has spent any time in a war zone, in combat, or just wondering what it is like will thoroughly enjoy this book. One might say they shared a foxhole or two together and the story he tells is gripping and a great tribute to his friend, a great journalist.”
Sunday Times
A fine and gripping account of how the brave, rackety band of war reporters and photographers bring the human consequences of war to our breakfast tables.”
The Times, UK
Paul Conroy’s touching memoir...is a tribute to the metier of reporting conflict...It’s a touching, if heartbreaking story.”
Humphrey Hawksley, BBC
A masterpiece, possibly the finest account of war of this generation.”
Books Examiner
This is an eye-opening account of what journalists go through to tell the world about the atrocities going on in war-torn countries like Syria.”

Another Opinion This is one of those rare books that you will want to share with your friends. But by the end, Paul Conroy’s Under the Wire” will have changed you. You’ll understand consequences of modern warfare for what it really is. It will make you want to delve deeper into what you see and hear in the media and learn what’s really happening in the world.”

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