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

Naked in Baghdad The Iraq War as Seen by NPR s Correspondent As National Public Radio s senior foreign correspondent Anne Garrels has covered conflicts in Chechnya Bosnia Kosovo Afghanistan and elsewhere She is renowned for direct down to earth insightfu

  • Title: Naked in Baghdad: The Iraq War as Seen by NPR's Correspondent
  • Author: Anne Garrels
  • ISBN: 9780374529031
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Hardcover
  • As National Public Radio s senior foreign correspondent, Anne Garrels has covered conflicts in Chechnya, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and elsewhere She is renowned for direct, down to earth, insightful reportage, and for her independent take on what she sees One of only sixteen un embedded American journalists who stayed in Baghdad s now legendary Palestine Hotel throughAs National Public Radio s senior foreign correspondent, Anne Garrels has covered conflicts in Chechnya, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and elsewhere She is renowned for direct, down to earth, insightful reportage, and for her independent take on what she sees One of only sixteen un embedded American journalists who stayed in Baghdad s now legendary Palestine Hotel throughout the American invasion of Iraq, she was at the very center of the storm Naked in Baghdad gives us the sights, sounds, and smells of our latest war with unparalleled vividness and immediacy.Garrels s narrative starts with several trips she made to Baghdad before the war, beginning in October 2002 At its heart is her evolving relationship with her Iraqi driver minder, Amer, 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 Amer s own strong reactions and personal dilemma provide a trenchant counterpoint to daily events The story is also punctuated by e mail bulletins sent by Garrels s husband, Vint Lawrence, to their friends around the world, giving a private view of the rough and tumble, often dangerous life of a foreign correspondent, along with some much needed comic relief.The result is enthralling, deeply personal, utterly authentic an on the ground picture of the war in Iraq that no one else could have written As Chicago Sun Times critic Lloyd Sachs wrote about Garrels s work in Baghdad, a few choice words, honestly delivered, are worth than a thousand pictures In your mind s eye, they carry lasting truth.

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    1. Anne Garrels

      For almost 25 years Anne Garrels was the senior foreign correspondent for NPR, reporting from Russia and the other former Soviet republics, the former Yugoslavia, the Middle East, China, Mongolia, and Iraq She arrived in Baghdad six months before the 2003 U.S invasion, stayed during the U.S bombing campaign and continued to cover Iraq for the next six years.Before joining NPR in 1986 she was chief correspondent in Moscow and Central America for ABC, and the State Department correspondent for NBC She has been honored with numerous journalism awards, including the Peabody and the Polk Garrels is on the board of Oxfam America and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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    1. Anne Garrels - image from AG’s twitter pages Anne Garrels was an NPR radio reporter. She was one of the few Western journalists who stayed in Iraq during the 2003 War, continuing to report live. The book tells of her time on the ground reporting in Iraq before during that conflict, reporting from the Palestine Hotel. It is full of small details that enrich understanding about what reporters on the scene must endure. Particularly interesting, to me at least, were her comments about CNN (not lau [...]


    2. I was riveted; I really like Anne's voice and I'm impressed by her guts and steadiness. I barely paid attention to the Iraq War in 2003, and it's good to educate myself more about it. I like how Anne shows the individual human stories and opinions about Saddam's regime and the American invasion and Iraqis themselves; it's clear that nothing is simple, that everyone is of mixed feelings, concerns, and allegiances. Thanks, NPR.


    3. I love books by female war correspondents and have read everything from Oriana Fallaci and Dickey Chapelle to Anne Nivat and Anna Politkovskaya. Unfortunately, Anne Garrels' account of covering the Iraq War left me disappointed. I did not care at all for the way that her account was interspersed with her husband's "Brenda Bulletins;" they were annoying and didn't offer anything original, mostly just rehashing what the author already told us. I also partly blame the audio edition: Anne Garrels' h [...]


    4. This is a good example of how a journalist can write about her experiences. Made me think a lot about my career and current events.




    5. I'm still having book withdrawals from this one. There's so much in just a couple hundred pages that more people need to know, not just about the conflict but the things we are dealing with now that were predicted. Wonderful writing, and I have to admit I've come to admire this author for her confidence, humanity, resourcefulness, and unabashed American- ness. I loved this book!


    6. Very interesting journalistic account regarding the 2003 U.S. invasion into Iraq. Honestly, I do not know anything about Iraq and that war, so during and after reading the book I was more confused that enlightened. That's because the book should be read by people who already know the history of the conflict, so I decided that I have to read something more detailed and then re-read Anne Garrels's book again, because it is really worth it.However, I was able to understand how unique and incredibly [...]


    7. Naked in Baghdad: The Iraq War and The Aftermath As Seen by NPR's Correspondent was published in 2003, shortly after the American invasion of Iraq. As the synopsis asserts, it's an account of Anne Garrels' reporting before and during Iraq's invasion by the United States. Reading this book in 2015, it is uncanny how many of the fears expressed by ordinary Iraqis about the aftermath of such an invasion have come true. Everyone hates Saddam, Shiite or Sunni (Sunnis, admittedly, less so) but regardl [...]


    8. Garrels not only gives us straight reporting about Baghdad before, during and after the invasion, she also gives us what it's like to be a war correspondent. We learn the intricacies and frustrations of negotiating with corrupt and mercurial political figures and the ways in which she gets stories out, even if it's not entirely legal. Aside from the inherent dangers of the profession we get a glimpse into the small joys she also derived from the job of talking to people and telling their stories [...]


    9. "Despite the scenes of celebration widely broadcast back in the States, the city seems somber to me. Iraqis are afraid of anarchy. They are afraid of themselves as much as they are of the Americans. And while most now admit to being glad Saddam may be gone, they are at best suspicious of American intentions and influence. Educated Iraqis warn again and again in interviews that we should not be deluded by the signs of welcome.""Naked in Baghdad" is a war reporter's notebook of sorts by NPR corres [...]


    10. I heard an interview with Ms. Garrels soon after this book was released - and of course, she told the story of the book's title:Journalists and other reporters were supposed to leave their satellite phones at the Iraqi Information Bureau; Anne had managed to smuggle hers back to her hotel room. Through the grapevine, she heard that the security detail was going to sweep their rooms one night, checking for contraband equipment. She figured if she came to the door nude, that would buy her enough t [...]


    11. "Naked in Baghdad" is a gripping first hand account of event leading up to, and through the war in Iraq after 9/11. It is experienced through the eyes of a talented NPR correspondent. The narrative takes breaks from Anne Garrels (the NPR correspondents) harrowing accounts with her husband Vint's email correspondence with Anne's fans. Vint's addition to the text is a sort of "comic relief" to the very intense and sometimes over burdening account by Anne. This novel is a must read for people who h [...]


    12. This is a great book! Garrels was a correspondent in Baghdad, one of a handful of journalists who stayed there to report on the initial "Shock and Awe" campaign and the arrival of U.S troops in 2003. In the next year she also goes back to report on the aftermath.This is an in-depth study of what had happened, what was the current situation, what were the locals and regular Iraqis experiencing, and what was the result of what happened. No one does this better than NPR. This book really impressed [...]


    13. Anne Garrels recounts the fascinating story of how she reported the events leading up to the war in Iraq and its aftermath. Garrels provides a first hand look at the work done by reporters and the many obstacles and dangers they faced in Iraq. She did her work bravely and seemed to be committed to searching out different aspects to the unfolding story. Her husbands email updates provide a welcome bit of humor.What I found to be interesting was her observations of how Iraqi's viewed Saddam and th [...]


    14. There are two major stories in this book, the first is covers the details of how to be a reporter in Iraq, and the other is about the looting following the arrival of U.S. forces in Baghdad.Reporting from the pre-invasion Iraq involved a lot of bribes, surreptitious use of satellite phones, dealing with Iraqi 'minders' that would act as translators and attempt to lead reporters to stories the Iraqi government wanted told, and self-censorship to avoid being kicked out of the country. The author n [...]


    15. 3.5 stars. Let me first say that I love Anne Garrels. I was glued to NPR every morning, before and after the war started in Iraq, to listen to her excellent reporting. She narrated this book, and as I listened, I was instantly taken back to many a commute, coffee in hand, listening as her stories unfolded. This book was the "behind the scenes" that you didn't hear about - how she had to rig her satellite phone, reporting naked in her room to buy her time in case Iraqi officials made raids, her h [...]


    16. Fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse of Baghdad in the months leading up to the war and the days after the bombing started in April 2003 until US troops took the city. Garrels was one of the few journalists (American and otherwise) who stuck it out in less-than-ideal conditions. I remember hearing her reports on NPR at the time, but it's been so long, I don't remember the particulars. Now, I wish I could go back and listen to them with my new knowledge of what effort it took to obtain the infor [...]


    17. NAKED IN BAGHDAD is Anne Garrels’ incisive account of the Iraq War as told from her position as an NPR correspondent stationed in Baghdad during the bombing and subsequent invasion. It’s an incredible day-to-day story in itself and incredibly insightful for the time at which it was published, 2004. Unfortunately, the story is overwhelmingly sad and tragic, not only for the misfortunes and horrors she witnessed but rather for what Iraq has become since then. The horrors Garrels chronicled are [...]


    18. Naked in Baghdad is a behind-the-report accounts of an unembedded NPR correspondent, Anne Garrels. It's written like a journal which makes it more personal and begins with a 'Brenda Bulletin', which are email newsletters written by Anne's husband Vint. The newsletters are sent to their family and friends as a way to keep them informed about Anne's assignment in Iraq and they're interspersed throughout the book, in chronological order. They add another dimension to the book and show Vint's great [...]


    19. Anne is in the heart of Baghdad during the lead up and beginning of the US led Iraq war. I am glad I read this first hand account of the challenges to getting solid information and even sincere opinions from citizens. I had been glued to the embedded reporter coverage and totally missed out on the perspective she represents here. One of the things I had not heard before was what I had always considered a real shame-on-us disaster, where gatherings of Iraqi citizens were hit. Anne is convinced by [...]


    20. One of the best first person accounts on war reporting that I've ever read - and this is a genre where I've read quite a bit. Anne Garrels has a crisp, yet soft writing style that gives you hard facts and heartbreaking social commentary all at once. I cried and laughed and hoped one, that she would stop putting her life in such danger, and two that she would get another amazing assignment and tell me all about it.One of the best first person accounts on war reporting that I've ever read - and th [...]


    21. Hard to believe that I chose this book from my stack of "to read" as one that would be relaxing? comforting? But oddly enough, Anne Garrels' account of our entry into Iraq, was comforting to me, and I think it is her matter-of-fact, hard-won intelligence about the ways of the world, her straight-forward accounting of difficult things, that gave me the greatest comfort. With people like her, the many journalists who, for the benefit of keeping us informed, providing us with alternative (?) accoun [...]


    22. A compelling inside look at Baghdad in the days leading up to and just after the American invasion of Iraq (October 2002 through April 2003) from the point of National Public Radio's correspondent there.Garrels account of her time in Iraq is partly drawn from material that was used in her NPR reports and partly from diary entries made during the time. Occasionally the viewpoint switches as we read emails written by Garrels' husband to friends and family back home updating them on Anne's situatio [...]


    23. I found this book entirely fascinating. As an NPR junkie, learning the backstory of how a reporter like Ann Garrels gets her stories in a war zone was enlightening to say the least. She's a factual writer - and much of her writing sounds like her reporting. I was incredibly impressed with her boldness and bravery to get the best story for NPR's listeners, as well as her ethics and humility in contrast to networks like CNN and the way they get by in a war zone. As if I needed another reason to lo [...]


    24. A page-turner. Hard to put down profile of a brave woman's effort to provide an unsensationalized account of the war in Iraq. Written in a style much like her NPR reports, Ms. Garrels strives to provide views of the war through the eyes of the Iraquis living through the conflict. Thought-provoking, and provided insight into the conflict. My only regret is that it ended after the first year of the conflict, I would be interested in hearing more from this author on this subject about the years tha [...]


    25. A telling look behind the scenes of the War in Iraq. This book was written at the beginning of the war (I doubt she thought it would last this long) so might sound a bit dated in parts. But Ms. Garrels is so good at seeking out the off-the-beaten-track stories of individual Iraquis and how this war is affecting them. It will make you think. I find this book particularily amazing since she's a woman in a Muslim country and also an NPR correspondent vs one for CNN, etc. You will find this interest [...]


    26. Anne Garrels book is a combination of her 'journal' and her husbands 'e-mails'. It is set up on a date basis which makes for easy reading. Interspersed with her observations of what is occurring at that time in Iraq she adds recollections of prior assignments, though only a few and then as a way of comparison. The book was copyrighted in 2003 and the preponderance of the observations occur before the US invaded. That being said, it seems that everyone except the Bush Administration knew what was [...]


    27. This was a heartfelt and fascinating look at the start of the Iraq war. As you'd expect from NPR, one of their top foreign correspondents went to Baghdad just before the war began and stayed through the invasion of Iraq to cover not just the American perspective, but that of the citizens whose lives were mostly deeply impacted by these events. Great as an audio book with the beautiful voice of Anne Garrels.


    28. This book is wonderful in so many ways. Anne Gerral's displays amazing courage and fortitude to get the story told in the face of terrorists, threats and violence. She will make it hard to ever just "listen" to a radio correspondent's accounts of war again without being empathetic to their struggles to report. Intermixed with her husband's emails to family and friends (which do get tiresome at times), her story is of a kind that is rarely heard from this war.


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