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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:
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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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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