- Title: I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story
- Author: Michael Hastings
- ISBN: null
- Page: 196
- Format: Kindle Edition
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 nAt 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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This was a tough book to read but I'm glad I found it during one of my random searches of the library shelves. Hastings' account of his time reporting in Iraq puts the day-to-day realities of life for residents and soldiers in your face. And it ain't pretty. It made me embarrassed about little I've understood what was happening over there. I don't think I'm the only one but it has me wanting better information and a clearer sense of why we're doing what we're doing from our leaders going forward [...]
Ok so we all know what is going to happen when we pick up the book but to me that isn't the most important part of this captivating story. You follow Michael and Andi from the very beginning, until the end, and are not only told the story of their relationship, but the world's story which I think is what makes this story so brilliant. Whilst we all sit on our couches and occasionally see a story about the war in a news segment, there are thousands of people living it everyday and no part of thei [...]
Michael Hastings died recently in a suspicious single-car crash in Los Angeles in the wee morning hours. His body was burned beyond recognition. In this book about the death of his fiancee in Iraq Michael Hastings writes with horror and grief about how she was so badly burned that there was no corpse to view. This Newsweek journalist has written about both the Iraq and Afghanistan war, has imbedded with troops dozens of times for dozens of missions. I wonder, what happened to him on a deserted r [...]
It has been nine years since a book kept me up all night, reading. Then it was Angela's Ashes. Last night it was I Lost My Love in Baghdad by Michael Hastings. The title doesn't do justice to this Iraq War memoir/love story of a journalist and an activist, both freedom fighters in their respective ideals and goals. Andrea Parmahovich was killed when the convoy she was a passenger in was ambushed by Islamic extremists as she left a meeting that was aimed at fostering communications with Iraqi lea [...]
The scope of the tragedy that the war in Iraq has become is revealed with numbing deliberateness in Michael Hastings’ heartbreakingly personal narrative, I Lost My Love in Baghdad. It is one man’s tale of personal loss juxtaposed to the sufferings of a nation in the midst of “low-intensity civil-strife” that leaves war-fatigued American troops with little to do but hope to survive. This recollection of nearly two years of in-country correspondence would not please our country’s leaders [...]
I was reminded about this book by the untimely death of its author, and reading it reminded me that we lost a terrific writer and vital truth-teller when Michael Hastings died in a car crash.A mix of love story and war story, I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story recounts Hastings' relationships with Baghdad and his fiance, Andi Parhamovich. Those relationships both supported and brutalized each other, and it's clear from the book that Hastings understood that. Both stories are compellin [...]
Too sad for many probably. A story of young love and all of its foibles, trip-wires and nonsense and the horrible grief that comes when a person you love is taken without warning way too young. Surrounded by the worsening state of Iraq, the horrors and indignities our soldiers take for precious little thanks, the ever-increasing propaganda of the Bush white house and the stress that becomes normal when it's all you have, Michael Hastings tells a love story. He is honest about his own shortcoming [...]
Extremely well written. I think what makes this story so beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time is that Michael and Andi were both pursuing their dreams and professional goals by working in Baghdad and it is ultimately what cost Andi her life. With Michael losing his life in 2013, there is something even more tragic about this book. Two people who were on the path to change the world, both killed in unbelievable circumstances.
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.
I have read many books about Iraq from many perspectives, but never one like this. Michael Hastings is a fearless reporter who sadly lost his life in a car accident a few weeks ago. This book is a fast but well-written read and it made me sad that his life was cut short before he could write more.
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.
this guy has lived several lives. am in awe of him.
I am conflicted about this book. On one hand, it is an engaging, gripping account from a provocative and prolific combat journalist during a particularly volatile time in Iraq (2005-2007). Hastings' writing is insightful; he sees the conflict firsthand as an embed with U.S. forces and has a series of remarkable experiences on the front lines. On the other, the framing of this book is around Hastings' relationship with a young aid worker, Andi, who transitions from being a successful publicist in [...]
Well it took me more than a year, but I’m finally done. It’s a refreshing perspective on the Iraq war, despite the writer being American. It’s sad and heartfelt and I probably hate the dirty games of politics more than ever now. But if I get away with one thing of this books it’s this:“War always wins.” It destroys lives of civilians and soldiers alike, while the people who decided to go to war at the first place get away relatively unharmed.
Heartbreaking love story. RIP Michael and Andi
“I Lost My Love in Baghdad” is a straightforward title for a book about a war correspondent whose girlfriend was killed by Sunni extremist during the Iraqi war.I love wartime stories so I bought the book on a whim and finished it months ago.I do not know which subject fascinated me more – the reckless, action packed war or the gently evolving love story embedded in the author's layered descriptions of daily fighting and survival.Reading the book, you are intrigued to learn more about the w [...]
This book just made me angry; angry at Micheal and Andi for dying so young; angry at Bush & Cheney for getting us involved in this unnecessary war: angry about how badly run this was was. I already knew about this book and had always wanted to read it. I remember Michael's tragic death and watched Rachel Maddow & Fareed Zakariah trying to hold it together as they reported it. We have so few real reporters, so losing one so talented and young was just horrific.This was Micheal's first boo [...]
I picked this one up at the dollar store. Something was bugging me the whole time I read it, and then I realized what it was: from page one, you know the author's girlfriend is going to die in Baghdad, and you might expect her, or their relationship, or Baghdad, to be the central focus of the book. Instead, you get a synopsis of Michael Hasting's career as a war correspondant. A large portion of the book is him recounting the stories he's filed, the imbeds he's been on, etc, interspersed with IM [...]
I will be traveling to Baghdad this Fall and, like Hastings, will leave behind loved ones and a relationship. I can relate to the feelings that he has; being torn between being in love and the desire to contribute to "something" through a meaningful career. I respect the way Hastings honors his fiance's memory by writing about her passion, aspirations and courage. There are points in the book, however, that he should have thought through a bit better. There is no way someone who gets to go home [...]
So while I was reading The Goldfinch, which was the best book I have read all year, I was also reading this one. It may have gotten three stars if it wasn't for that unfortunate juxtaposition. Unfortunately, that literary masterpiece made this one into even more of a dud. Michael Hasting's descriptions of wartime Baghdad were interesting. I never knew what happened to someone once they were killed in action. Now I do. On the other hand, the love story was terrible. I was not remotely convinced t [...]
I learned about this book when Chris Hayes on MSNBC memorialized Michael Hastings the day after a car accident took his life. (Hastings was the journalist who wrote the Rolling Stone article about General Stanley McChrystal and brought down his career.) The book gives an insight into the life of a war journalist, the dangers, the tedium, the havoc it wreaks on a relationship. His assignments in Iraq encouraged his girlfriend to take a job in Baghdad with the National Democratic Institute, a Wash [...]
The title is really just the hook to get you in. I'd say only 25% of it is dedicated to the autobiographical love story of Andi and Michael, the rest is about Middle Eastern politics, how Michael became a reporter, life in Baghdad, and all the many horrible things he saw while over in Iraq.I was a little disappointed at first to realize that this was just another war book, cleverly disguised as a romance of sorts, but once I got past that, I decided to keep reading to gain a better education (at [...]
I feel a little sheepish saying this, because the backbone of the story is really tragic. That said, I found this book disappointing. The author lost his girlfriend in Baghdad, and the whole story is supposed to be about their relationship and her death against the backdrop of the war, and yetI never felt remotely connected to her or their story. Their relationship, as he wrote it, was dominated by insecurity, manipulative threats to leave each other, hang-up phone arguments, petty jealousy, mis [...]
Four stars for all of the wrong reasons. From the start, you know how this story is going to end, which can make it hard to keep reading.It was with a mix of heartbreak and frustration to complete this one that I finished off Hastings' book this morning. Heartbreak because I think Hastings does a very good job of conveying the complexities of a relationship in your 20's, and frustration because there is nothing you can do to change what comes next. Don't want to say too much more, but I recommen [...]
Wow. This is a really illuminating look at life in Iraq. For those in the story it is dramatic, frightening, intense, and yet important enough to remain in the country. Tears fled my eyes when Andi died - alongside the others in her convoy. I hate death. I hate it when people kill people. AH! All the more motivation to love one's enemies - not to get something from them exactly, but to bring them into the liberty of love where hatred is gross, vengeance is silly, and destruction is unappealing. [...]
The writing was excellent; the narrative depressing. Hastings paints a vivid picture of the war in Iraq. He effectively conveys its brutality, cruelty, and randomness. History has shown, I think, that the war was a mistake from the get-go, but this narrative adds a dimension regarding the relationship between the occupiers (can't say Americans because so many were contractors from all over the world) and the populace. The love story ends badly and underlines the hazards of working in Iraq during [...]
I didn't realize I hadn't added this book here, and I don't remember exactly when I read it, but it has definitely stayed with me. Michael Hastings has since stirred up a ton of controversy (and probably not coincidentally has become an even better writer). My first exposure to him, and my reason for reading this book, was listening to him talk about Andi on Rachel Maddow's radio show, and I immediately picked this book up from the library. The title is a bit misleading - the book is about 25% o [...]
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 [...]
'I lost my love in Baghdad : A modern war story' by Michael Hastings is a poignant war tale. It is written in journal style - with a spattering of the 'f' word - which unviels the author's emotions to me in a raw,passionate composition. The horrors of the Iraq war are depicted in a very real, undramatic and compelling way. The authors lady love Andi appears to be young, heart ruled head,totally in love and very very normal young girl, who followed her lover to Baghdad and lost her life there in [...]
Great writing. Gripping story. I would've found it stupid if it was just the love story, because these two people seemed immature and untrustworthy. The author is gutsy, I guess, for putting it all out there. I wouldn't have. I don't understand or agree with the journalistic view that ALL of a story needs to be told for it to be true. I was very much caught up in the book, though, for it's honest depiction of the mess in Iraq. This is excellent for its depiction of life in war-torn Iraq and all [...]
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