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I Lost My Love in Baghdad
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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. (May) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Newsweek reporter Hastings's fiancee followed him to Baghdad, where she joined an NGO and then encountered a grenade. With a four-city tour. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"There's a long tradition of young reporters going off to wars that test their journalism skills and their capacity to absorb emotional pain. Michael Hastings's pain was off the charts, but he manages to tell his story -- and the tragic story of his girlfriend Andi -- with dignity, humor, and grace. This is a searing personal drama and a raw, compelling account of the daily battle to cover the war in Iraq." -- Andrew Nagorski, author of The Greatest Battle: Stalin, Hitler, and the Desperate Struggle for Moscow That Changed the Course of World War II
"Love and war always make for a potent brew, and in Michael Hastings's new book they infuse the horror in Iraq with an immediacy and a poignant sense of loss that are light-years away from the numbingly remote headlines we've been reading. This is what really happens when love, youth, and innocence descend into the abyss of death and devastation that is Iraq." -- Craig Unger, author of House of Bush, House of Saud and American Armageddon
"[A] powerful debut...a tragic love story with broad appeal married to an unflinching account of wartime violence and brutality." -- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Outstanding ... The world Hastings describes is choked with the craziness that characterizes all great war books."
-- The Sydney Morning Herald
"This is what really happens when love, youth, and innocence descend into the abyss of death and devastation that is Iraq."
-- Craig Unger, author of House of Bush, House of Saud and American Armageddon

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