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.
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.
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.
The night Hastings died, Rachel Maddow spoke about her friend and encouraged her audience to read his books. I immediately downloaded "I lost my love..." from iBooks and am so glad that I did. This book was AMAZING. This book made me really think hard about Iraq.
Mission accomplished Mr. Hastings! You were an amazing writer. The world will not be the same without you. Thank you for your courage in Baghdad and in writing this book. Your insight is without parallel. May God bless your family and all those that loved you...
I lost my love in Baghdad
This book is very poorly written, and is a waste of your time. It was definitely a waste of my time. Time that I will never get back. Save your brain cell do read, or listen to this crap.