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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: April 2008 ISBN: 9781400177356
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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 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 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 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 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 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Deyarmond | 11/16/2013

    " Good read telling the true story of war from a different perspective. It tells a story of love & how war tries unsuccessively to destroy that love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 10/26/2013

    " Non fiction written by a Newsweek correspondent. Interesting about Baghdad, the war, being embedded with soldiers and Marines. The love story is sad, but Hastings and his girlfriend/fiance seem a little immature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin Cambria | 10/23/2013

    " A fascinating and honest account of life in Baghdad for a young couple, a journalist (the author) and an idealistic young NGO worker, whose tragic death at the hands of an insurgent attack is the book's focal point. I couldn't put it down. It's really written in the parlance of our times, and that made it very real and enjoyable for me, and a new way to experience what's gone on in Iraq. The story itself is really heartbreaking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandy | 10/20/2013

    " I thought that this book was a very REAL look at what is going on in Baghdad, as well as a heart wrenching story of losing someone close to you that you love. I can't imagine losing my significant other, and this was just a real wake up call reminding one that we are never promised tomorrow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libby | 10/6/2013

    " this guy has lived several lives. am in awe of him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 9/16/2013

    " This book has really made me question our being in Iraq/Afghanistan. I think we should just get out. Our soldiers deserve better, their families deserve better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 9/13/2013

    " Excellent writing. The story is a fascinating look at the war in Iraq. I enjoyed the journalist's take on the situation there, and the book only made me even more certain that the war in Iraq was a huge mistake. The story is a tragedy for Iraq and for America. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rev. Bobbie | 6/14/2012

    " A tale of love and war in present times. Beautifully woven story that takes you there and snatches your heart too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stuart Gilkison | 3/13/2012

    " This is quick read. Terribly sad but beautiful story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don Weidinger | 1/23/2012

    " once you are in it you are in it, loved watching war reports and adult videos, the horror of war, Patriot portrays the horrors of war, war is hell, asserts bias clearly losing some credibility, what newsweek readers read, sad story of death. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffreybreau | 1/14/2012

    " Wouldn't read for the love story, it is a little too matter-of-factly written. But gives an interesting look into the war "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 8/14/2011

    " Very sad but an honest look at the danger in Iraq for not only coalition forces but American aid workers. A little on the liberal side, b/c the author is a writer for newsweek. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Janofski | 5/20/2011

    " Highly recommend. The easy-to-read conversational style that Hastings is known for, with a heartbreaking story you will never forget. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stuart | 11/8/2010

    " This is quick read. Terribly sad but beautiful story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shara | 11/4/2010

    " 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 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cortney | 6/30/2010

    " A compelling insight into the destructive nature of war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 3/24/2010

    " Good read telling the true story of war from a different perspective. It tells a story of love & how war tries unsuccessively to destroy that love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffreybreau | 11/13/2009

    " Wouldn't read for the love story, it is a little too matter-of-factly written. But gives an interesting look into the war "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 3/11/2009

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 10/21/2008

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was sad, but showed the love of two people and how they managed miles, war and life in general in their relationship. "

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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.