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
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. Download and start listening now!