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; and 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.
©2008 Michael Hastings; (P)2008 Tantor
"Love and war always make for a potent brew, and in Michael Hastings' new book they infuse the horror in Iraq with an immediacy and a poignant sense of loss that are light-years away from the numbingly remote headlines we've been reading." (Craig Unger, author of House of Bush)
The title pretty much tells the story. I found this book tedious, and very poorly narrated. Obviously the author is trying to recover from losing the women he loved, after she was brutally killed in Iraq. The storyline itself is interesting and has some merit, but in my opinion the book would have been greatly improved by a better editor, and another narrator.
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