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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (480 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Garrels Narrator: Anne Garrels Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2003 ISBN:
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As National Public Radio's senior foreign correspondent, Anne Garrels has covered conflicts in Chechnya, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. She is renowned for direct, down-to-earth, insightful reportage, and for her independent take on what she sees. One of only sixteen unembedded American journalists who stayed in Baghdad's now-legendary Palestine Hotel throughout the American invasion of Iraq, she was at the very center of the storm. Naked in Baghdad gives us the sights, sounds, and smells of our latest war with unparalleled vividness and immediacy. Garrels's narrative starts with several trips she made to Baghdad before the war, beginning in October 2002. At its heart is her evolving relationship with her Iraqi driver/minder, Amer, who becomes her friend and confidant, often serving as her eyes and ears among the populace and taking her where no other reporter was able to penetrate. Amer's own strong reactions and personal dilemma provide a trenchant counterpoint to daily events. The story is also punctuated by e-mail bulletins sent by Garrels's husband, Vint Lawrence, to their friends around the world, giving a private view of the rough-and-tumble, often dangerous life of a foreign correspondent, along with some much-needed comic relief.

The result is enthralling, deeply personal, utterly authentic: an on-the-ground picture of the war in Iraq that no one else could have written. As Chicago Sun-Times critic Lloyd Sachs wrote about Garrels's work in Baghdad, A few choice words, honestly delivered, are worth more than a thousand pictures...In your mind's eye, they carry lasting truth.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 2/6/2014

    " Totally interesting, especially considering I thought that was what I wanted to do for a career back in the day. I wish she would do a series of some of her other assignments. I wish it had just a little more dirty dish on some of the other journalists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen M | 2/2/2014

    " Garrels takes us inside her life as a journalist scrambling for stories in the run-up to the US invasion of Iraq, and her husband sheds light on the 50-year-old woman who would take such risks. It ends with the invasion and fears of what would happen in the aftermath, much of which unfortunately did happen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamara | 1/30/2014

    " Oh I was disappointed. Anne toed the line. For a good part of the Iraq war the media put on a muzzle and I felt she was not interested in breaking away from that standard. I heard her live from Baghdad many times on NPR. I thought her book would delve deeper into the horrific mess of this war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 1/28/2014

    " This was an amazing book about an NPR journalist in Baghdad at the start of the war. It is an incredible first-hand account of the build up to the war, Iraqis' expectations for this war, life as a war correspondant and life as a war correspondent. Well-written, slim. I can not give this high enough praise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 1/19/2014

    " helped give me a better insight into baghdad and iraq leading up to and including the invasion...helped that I heard Anne Garrels talk about this in person "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 1/17/2014

    " a fascinating report from a journalist's experience in baghdad told in that interesting npr style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margy | 1/13/2014

    " As this book was read by Anne Garrels herself, I felt I was listening to an extended wonderful report on NPR. Interspersed were reports by her husband about her. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and learned a lot about what foreign correspondents go through to get the reports to us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Traveltrip | 1/10/2014

    " Interesting read about the reality in Iraq just prior to the invasion & after. This "gutsy" journalist is very good at keeping a reader engaged. The suspense of learning just what else the TV broadcasts did not or couldn't show keeps the pages turning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 1/1/2014

    " Very personal stories about Anne Garrels and her work as a reporter especially her time in Baghdad when the war started in 2003. Quick read. I especially liked her stories related to her husband and her husband's commentary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ted Brewster | 12/22/2013

    " Worth reading ... once. The interspersed e-mails from her husband to friends and family didn't add much. Some insights into the life of journalists in Iraq. Her radio reports were better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/22/2013

    " An interesting perspective of an NPR war correspondent in Baghdad at the beginning of the Iraq War. You learn more about some of the opinions of U.S. involvement in ending Saddam's reign and the lack of planning following the overthrow of Saddam from some of the Iraqi people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steph N | 11/15/2013

    " an INCREDIBLE look at one reporter's experiences in Baghdad covering the War in Iraq.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy | 11/3/2013

    " This book was a great introduction to the war and the author's perspective and insights are really superb. It was also interesting to read knowing what has all happened since. I learned more than what I thought I would. Recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 8/24/2013

    " This book is pure journalistic firepower. The structure is very engrossing: switching from Anne's perspective on the ground to her husband's in the US. One of the best first hand accounts I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacie Pulford | 2/24/2013

    " I like books that get below the surface and offer insight into the daily lives of people. Garrels offered glimpses into the routines of ordinary Iraqi's as war was descending. It definitely makes one think, "What would I do?" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 3/11/2012

    " Fascinating to learn the behind the scenes real story from the very person whose voice I heard on WLRN during that historic period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina | 1/15/2012

    " Excellent reporting on the beginning of the Iraqi war, along with interesting personal details. Learned much about how broadcast journalism works (NPR specificially). Well-written and fascinating, often humorous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley Scherman | 10/17/2011

    " Exciting and informative, she really attempts to expose the true thoughts and feelings of people living in Bagdad during the start of the US invasion "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh | 9/12/2011

    " Everyone, read this book. Part reportage, part personal journal, part love letter, it's an inside look at the lead-up and first months of the Iraq war. From this vantage, now nearly five - FIVE - years later, it will break your heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Libby | 8/25/2011

    " I couldn't put this book down. It was wonderfully written and told a refreshingly personal side to the Iraq war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dean Brodhag | 7/28/2011

    " Well written account of on the ground experience of a correspondent in war AND a contemoraneous opinions of the Iraqi people on the eve of the American invasion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 6/5/2011

    " When I started reading this, I assumed the author, Anne Garrels, gave the book the title Naked in Baghdad implying the vulnerability of her position as a journalist in a war zone. Yet, this pragmatic, brave woman meant it literally (she used it as a defense mechanism, ironically). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa | 4/4/2011

    " A stunning and suspenseful narrative of the war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 3/19/2011

    " Takes you to he heart of Baghdad. Love her reporting and the book doesn't disappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 2/1/2011

    " Totally interesting, especially considering I thought that was what I wanted to do for a career back in the day. I wish she would do a series of some of her other assignments. I wish it had just a little more dirty dish on some of the other journalists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margy | 11/20/2010

    " As this book was read by Anne Garrels herself, I felt I was listening to an extended wonderful report on NPR. Interspersed were reports by her husband about her. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and learned a lot about what foreign correspondents go through to get the reports to us. "

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

    " A raw, personal account of the unreality and chaos of war from someone watching the front line come to their front door. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steph | 10/10/2010

    " an INCREDIBLE look at one reporter's experiences in Baghdad covering the War in Iraq.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina | 9/10/2010

    " Excellent reporting on the beginning of the Iraqi war, along with interesting personal details. Learned much about how broadcast journalism works (NPR specificially). Well-written and fascinating, often humorous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 9/7/2009

    " Very personal stories about Anne Garrels and her work as a reporter especially her time in Baghdad when the war started in 2003. Quick read. I especially liked her stories related to her husband and her husband's commentary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 5/17/2009

    " helped give me a better insight into baghdad and iraq leading up to and including the invasion...helped that I heard Anne Garrels talk about this in person "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 4/27/2009

    " When I started reading this, I assumed the author, Anne Garrels, gave the book the title Naked in Baghdad implying the vulnerability of her position as a journalist in a war zone. Yet, this pragmatic, brave woman meant it literally (she used it as a defense mechanism, ironically). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Libby | 1/16/2009

    " I couldn't put this book down. It was wonderfully written and told a refreshingly personal side to the Iraq war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 9/3/2008

    " Wow - great book. I learned a lot about the mess in Iraq and really enjoyed the personal side of her experience as a correspondent in the thick of things. I started out thinking she was nuts for staying and was so glad she did by the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dean | 8/16/2008

    " Well written account of on the ground experience of a correspondent in war AND a contemoraneous opinions of the Iraqi people on the eve of the American invasion. "

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