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Naked in Baghdad: The Iraq War as Seen by NPR's Correspondent

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ISBN10: 0374529035
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As NPR's senior foreign correspondent, Anne Garrels has covered conflicts in Chechnya, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. She is renowned for the direct, down-to-earth reportage and her independent-minded insight into what she observes. One of only sixteen un-imbedded American journalists who stayed in the now-legendary Palestine Hotel in Baghdad throughout the American invasion, Garrels was uniquely placed to describe our latest war.

At the heart of Garrels' narrative is her evolving relationship with her Iraqi driver, Tahir, who becomes her friend and confidant, often serving as her eyes and ears among the populace and taking her where no other reporter was able to penetrate; Tahir's own opinions and poignant personal story provide a trenchant counterpoint to the headline news. The diary is also punctuated by e-mail bulletins sent by Garrels' husband, Vint Lawrence, to friends around the world, providing a private view of the rough-and-tumble, often dangerous life of a foreign correspondent, along with much-needed comic relief.

The result is an enthralling, deeply personal, utterly authentic picture of this war that no one else could have written. As Chicago Sun Times critic Lloyd Sachs wrote about Garrels' work from Baghdad, "a few choice words, honestly delivered, are worth more than a thousand pictures, in your mind's eye, they carry lasting truth."

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"Longtime NPR reporter Garrels's account is much like her on-air persona: professional but personable, full of human touches and offhand wisdom....Highly readable, and most illuminating." Kirkus Reviews

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"This account works well as a personal narrative of courage under fire, suffering and survival, but unfortunately, it lacks in insightful commentary and summing up of events." Publishers Weekly

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"Anne Garrels is one of America's most insightful and courageous journalists. Her reporting from Baghdad during the war was another very impressive reminder of her cool tenacity in getting the big story in the worst of conditions." Tom Brokaw, NBC Nightly News

Review:

"Garrels is scrupulously fair, always thorough, unfailingly interesting and unbelievably courageous." Cokie Roberts, ABC News

Synopsis:

An enthralling, deeply personal, utterly authentic picture of the war from NPR's senior foreign correspondent, Anne Garrels

Synopsis:

As National Public Radios much loved and respected senior foreign correspondent Anne Garrels has covered conflicts in Chechnya, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. In Naked in Baghdad she reveals how as one of only sixteen non-embedded journalists who stayed in the now legendary Palestine Hotel throughout the American invasion she managed to deliver the most immediate, insightful and independent reports with unparalleled vividness and immediacy.

Her evolving relationship with her Iraqi driver/minder Amer, and the wonderful e-mail bulletins sent to friends by her husband, Vint Lawrence, counterpoint the daily events of her life in Baghdad, and result in a deeply moving, and intimate portrait by one of bravest and most enlightening news reporters.

About the Author

Anne Garrels began her career in journalism reporting for ABC News in the Soviet Union, Central America, and at the State Department, which she also covered for NBC. Since 1988, she has been a foreign correspondent for NPR, reporting from Russia and the other former Soviet republics, China, Saudi Arabia, Mongolia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel, the West Bank, and most recently, Iraq.

A fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in 1996-97, she has received Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University and Overseas Press Club awards. She in on the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists. When she is not covering the world's hot spots, she lives in Connecticut with her husband, artist Vint Lawrence, and a menagerie that at last count included three dogs and three cats.

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Chris Blaker, February 24, 2015 (view all comments by Chris Blaker)
Brief, well-written book by an NPR reporter, one of the few who stayed in Iraq during the entire invasion and was not "embedded" with the military. She gives the reader a view of Saddam's Iraq before the invasion. As a woman, she is able to get a much more complete picture of Iraqi society, because obviously she is free to deal with women and as a western woman is treated as an "honorary man".
I learned that during the 70s, the Iraqis were relatively well-off and headed to a Western standard of living before the war with Iran sent everything down the tubes.
The author has to jump through many hoops to report, particularly in relation to her renewing her Visa and using her satellite phone (the method by which she files reports and does radio interviews). The title refers to her using her unregistered satellite phone (the Saddam government required phones to be registered and kept at the Ministry of Information). She files her radio reports while in the nude. She explains that in case a government agent came in while she was on the phone, she could pretend to be in the shower and putting on her clothes. This doesn't really make much sense to me, but the title is a good one, nonetheless.
The only downside of the book were the insipid emails from her husband who sounds really dorky (in actuality he's former CIA who was involved in the secret war in Laos, but you'd never know that from the emails).
Overall, a solid book of reporting.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374529031
Subtitle:
The Iraq War as Seen by NPR's Correspondent Anne Garrels
Other:
Lawrence, Vint
Other:
Lawrence, Vint
Author:
Lawrence, Vint
Author:
Garrels, Anne
Publisher:
Macmillan Audio
Location:
New York
Subject:
Political
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Public Affairs & Administration
Subject:
Middle East - Iran
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - International Secur
Subject:
Military - Iraq War
Subject:
Iraq War,
Subject:
BIO025000
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Military - Iraq War (2003-)
Subject:
Military/Iraq War (2003-2011)
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
108-111
Publication Date:
20030910
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 CDs, 8 hours
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.6 x 0.61 in

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Product details 264 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374529031 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Longtime NPR reporter Garrels's account is much like her on-air persona: professional but personable, full of human touches and offhand wisdom....Highly readable, and most illuminating."
"Review" by , "This account works well as a personal narrative of courage under fire, suffering and survival, but unfortunately, it lacks in insightful commentary and summing up of events."
"Review" by , "Anne Garrels is one of America's most insightful and courageous journalists. Her reporting from Baghdad during the war was another very impressive reminder of her cool tenacity in getting the big story in the worst of conditions."
"Review" by , "Garrels is scrupulously fair, always thorough, unfailingly interesting and unbelievably courageous."
"Synopsis" by ,
An enthralling, deeply personal, utterly authentic picture of the war from NPR's senior foreign correspondent, Anne Garrels
"Synopsis" by ,
As National Public Radios much loved and respected senior foreign correspondent Anne Garrels has covered conflicts in Chechnya, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. In Naked in Baghdad she reveals how as one of only sixteen non-embedded journalists who stayed in the now legendary Palestine Hotel throughout the American invasion she managed to deliver the most immediate, insightful and independent reports with unparalleled vividness and immediacy.

Her evolving relationship with her Iraqi driver/minder Amer, and the wonderful e-mail bulletins sent to friends by her husband, Vint Lawrence, counterpoint the daily events of her life in Baghdad, and result in a deeply moving, and intimate portrait by one of bravest and most enlightening news reporters.

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