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Zero Dark Thirty meets 127 Hours in this riveting war journal from photographer Paul Conroy, who accompanied Marie Colvin (called by her peers “the greatest war correspondent of her generation”) during her ill-fated final assignment in Syria.

Marie Colvin was an internationally recognized American foreign war correspondent who was killed in a rocket attack in 2012 while reporting on the suffering of civilians inside Syria. She was renowned for her iconic flair and her fearlessness: wearing the pearls that were a gift from Yasser Arafat and the black eye-patch that covered the eye blinded by shrapnel, she reported from places so dangerous that no other hard-core correspondent would dare to go. Paul Conroy, who had forged a close bond with Colvin as they put their lives on the line time and time again to report from the world’s conflict zones, was with her when she died.

Under the Wire is Paul’s gripping, visceral, and moving account of their friendship and the final year he spent alongside her. When Marie and Paul were smuggled into Syria by rebel forces, they found themselves trapped in one of the most hellish neighborhoods on earth. Fierce barrages of heavy artillery fire rained down on the buildings surrounding them, killing and maiming hundreds of civilians. Marie was killed by a rocket which also blew hole in Paul’s thigh big enough to put his hand through. Bleeding profusely, short of food and water, and in excruciating pain, Paul then endured five days of intense bombardment before being evacuated in a daring escape in which he rode a motorbike through a tunnel, crawled through enemy terrain, and finally scaled a twelve-foot-high wall.

Astonishingly vivid, heart-stoppingly dramatic and shot through with dark humor, in Under the Wire Paul Conroy shows what it means to a be a war reporter in the twenty-first century. His is a story of two brave people drawn together by a shared compulsion to bear witness.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Paul’s experience is a chilling testimony to what families in Homs are experiencing. We need renewed focus on humanitarian support and to put an end to violence.”

    Tom Fletcher, British ambassador to Lebanon

  • “In Under the Wire, Conroy relives their odyssey and its harrowing final hours.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “Colvin devoted her life—and gave her life—for the proposition that the truth of history demands witnesses. Her death, like that of so many others, is yet another reminder, as if any more were needed, that experience in the field is no shelter from disaster.”

    New Yorker

  • “Conroy worked alongside Colvin, and…the narrative becomes unrelentingly gripping as he depicts the pair’s path toward disaster. My hands left sweat marks on the pages.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A fine and gripping account of how the brave, rackety band of war reporters and photographers bring the human consequences of war to our breakfast tables.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Paul Conroy’s touching memoir…is a tribute to the metier of reporting conflict…It’s a touching, if heartbreaking story.”

    Times (London)

  • “Conroy’s visceral account provides readers with a greater appreciation for the work of war correspondents and insight into the sacrifices they make.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “In this tense, hour-by-hour account, he takes readers back to Syria and the events that led to their being behind the battle lines…Colvin was a significant voice in international journalism and will be sorely missed, and Conroy’s account is unforgettable.”


  • “Narrator James Clamp reads this account of the siege, which was written by Marie Colvin’s friend and colleague, Paul Conroy. Clamp is engaging and suspenseful in his narration of this white-knuckle account, which reflects the lengths to which war correspondents will go to bring a story to light. He is effective in recounting the political situation in Syria and manages to convey the daredevil, justice-seeking personalities of the two main protagonists, Marie and Paul.”


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