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I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story Paperback – February 16, 2010
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The second story is about the war in Iraq. I have read hundreds of books and stories about the current conflict and no other book so fully explains the war better than "I Lost My love In Baghdad." Everyone should read this book in order to fully appreciate what is happening on a day to day basis to our troops and the Iraqi people.
I fully recommend this book and encourage everyone to read it. You will not be able to put it down.
I finally read this book after avoiding it and many other Iraq memoirs for the better part of the last decade. I served in Iraq in 2004-5 and then in 2006-7. When not there, I worked on Iraq policy in the Pentagon or State Department. For personal reasons I haven't had much of a desire to read about our great tragedy in Iraq, but last month I picked Mike's book up off of my shelf and began it.
First, Mike's details are spot on. His first initial experiences entering a Baghdad at war, his acclimatization to "normality" at war, and then his struggle with the dissonance between life in America and life at war are not just exacting and illustrative, but touching and sincere. To be short, his reporting of both the war and life at home during war, or America in exception to war, is excellent.
But, on top of outstanding war reporting, and what is lost, I believe, in so much of our discussion and understanding of war, is the personal story. War is above all else a human experience. The larger, macro examination and discussion of Iraq in its common form as geo-political, DC Beltway pundit banter is meaningless when compared with the millions upon millions of individual stories of men, women and children, most of them tales of suffering and grief, too many of them snuffed out and no longer continuing.
Mike's story is intimate, genuine, heartbreaking, and, as great writing does, transcends the immediate environment of the story to be understood as a universal truism that others can share in. While Mike's war reporting will explain and describe the events of that war to allow someone inexperienced with its madness, his personal story, of his love and relationship, will be readily identifiable by any of us who have loved and lost.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I couldn't put this book down! So much detail, one of my best reads!Published 2 months ago by dodvol84
Well written and engaging. Having not previewed the book,the ending surprised me though and was such a sad account. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mark Warren
Michael Hastings was an incredibly talented and courageous reporter. The book is well-written, but now terribly sad because 1) He died so young and tragically 2) All of the death... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Rachel
good writing, sad story.
a inside look at what goes on during occupational wars.
I remember seeing Michael Hastings interviewed in the last few years before his death. He was brilliant and angry. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Deannanel
what a loss that Michael Hastings is not here to write more booksPublished 15 months ago by barbara mcevoy
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... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Darla Adams
Michael Hastings was a very good journalist/writer. i admired him and miss himPublished 17 months ago by Esti Marpet
Sad story. What a great guy. I hate that the author is dead now. I want to hear a book with more info about his mysterious death... and who is responsible. RIP Michael.Published 17 months ago by Donna Shaver