I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story (Compact Disc)

A Modern War Story

By Michael Hastings, Michael Hastings (Narrated by)

Tantor Media Inc, 9781400137350

Publication Date: April 1, 2008



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, and translators. In startling detail, he describes the chaos, the violence, the never-ending threats of bomb and mortar attacks, and the front lines that can be a half mile from the Green Zone-indeed, 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; and 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.

About 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."

Praise For I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story

"Powerful.... A tragic love story with broad appeal married to an unflinching account of wartime violence and brutality." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review