I Lost My Love in Baghdad A Modern War Story (Paperback)
|Author: Michael Hastings|
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|Michael Hastings spent two years reporting in Iraq as "Newsweek"''s youngest-ever war correspondent. He has written four cover stories for "Newsweek" International and been published in "Slate," "Salon," "Foreign Policy, The Los Angeles Times," filing stories from such locations as Israel, Gaza and the West Bank, Kurdistan, Vietnam, and Afganistan. He is now a contributing editor at "GQ" and lives in Vermont.|
From the Publisher:
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.
Michael Hastings describes his experiences working as a journalist in Iraq from 2005 to 2007, some of the bloodiest years of the war. One of the many casualties of the period was his girlfriend, Andi Parhamovich, who came to work in Iraq out of a mix of idealism and a desire to be with him, and was killed in a Sunni ambush in 2007.