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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (180 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Hastings Narrator: Michael Hastings Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Like Mariane Pearl’s A Mighty Heart, this is a tragic love story with broad appeal married to an unflinching account of wartime violence and brutality; as such, it should do even more than that bestseller to fill in a general audience on the dire state of Iraq.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Regina Tabor | 1/27/2014

    " This novel rips away the red curtain and the wool over the eyes of the world on what truly happens in the Iraqi war. The story told by Michael Hastings an embedded journalist and the love of his life Andi Parhamovich an humanitarian aide will run you through a gauntlet of emotions ending with anger! Anger at American government, Iraqi government and the unfairness of that which is life. This story is what happens when love innocence looks and falls into the abyss of death and devastation that is the rebuilding of Iraq(ha). A must read for any human. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Julie | 1/20/2014

    " I saw this author (a young man) being interviewed one morning on t.v. about his girlfriend (fiance) being killed in Iraq and that he had written a book to honor her memory. He looked so sad and lost. He cried but he smiled whenever they showed her picture during the interview. This intrigued me to find the book and read it. This is a sweet little love story set in modern war torn Iraq. I'm still trying to decide if this man capitalized on this tragedy by writing a book or if the book was his way of trying to cope with the loss. You can read and decide for yourself. The jury is still out in my court. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Connie Faull | 1/1/2014

    " This was a good book. Michael Hastings is a reporter that works for a news magazine (I think Newsweek, where ever Farid Zakaria works) and he went to Iraq to cover the war. His girlfriend took a job that got her to Iraq so they could be together. It's a very good book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Shara | 12/7/2013

    " I hate this book. I stopped at page 24 though. On page 12 he talks about how much he wants to go hang out in some war and how he once watched nothing but war coverage and porno for 48 hours. Awful awful awful "

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About the Author
Author Michael Hastings

Michael Hastings (1980–2013) was a contributing editor to Rolling Stone and a correspondent at large for BuzzFeed. Before that he worked for Newsweek, where he rose to prominence covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was the recipient of the 2010 George Polk Award for his Rolling Stone magazine story “The Runaway General.” Hastings was the author of three previous books, I Lost My Love in Baghdad, Panic 2012, and The Operators. He was posthumously honored with the Norman Mailer Award for Emerging Journalist.