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

by Anne Garrels

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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. ( )
  cblaker | Jan 5, 2013 |
This is a terrific first-hand account of the United States attack on Baghdad. NPR Correspondent Anne Garrels gives us her story in a journal-style book, which is supplemented with emails from her husband commenting on her activities.

Garrels delivers an interesting view of the conflict, sharing her on-air stories with the readers, as well as her conversations with her drivers and Iraqi officials. I wish that had not waiting so long to read this, but it is still interesting and revealing six years later. ( )
  lynnmellw | Dec 15, 2009 |
Her accounts, interspersed with her husband's, whom I grew to find irritating and slightly undermining of her. Fine interesting writing by her. ( )
  bobbieharv | Jun 24, 2009 |
Fascinating view of Baghdad during the invasion of Iraq as seen by one of the few journalists who were there. ( )
  Suusan | Feb 7, 2009 |
Shortest review: Highly recommended.

Short review: A very intimate memoir of her time as an NPR correspondent in Baghdad during the run-up to war, covering the period of October 2002 to May 2003, Naked in Baghdad is by turns poignant, hilarious, endearing, and raw. Her daily experiences lead as well to reminiscences about her previous experiences in places like the Soviet Union. Interspersed with her diary entries are delightful emails from her husband to friends back home describing his view of her experiences.

Five years of hindsight add another layer of meaning to her reports...even before the war the Iraqi citizens she interviewed feared the aftermath of Saddam's ouster. How clearly they saw.

I had already appreciated Anne Garrels' reporting; now I feel like I'd enjoy knowing her as a person.

I think this book was very well suited to the audio format, being read by Garrels-the-radio-reporter herself.

Oh, and the title? Very literal. During Saddam's regime, foreign journalists were tightly controlled, and they were required to keep their satellite phones at the Information Ministry. She had managed to sneak hers into her hotel room, but there were constant rumors of security sweeps. Her brilliant plan: to broadcast naked, and if a midnight knock came, to plead "just woke up" and beg a moment to dress, during which she'd be able to hide the satphone. ( )
  semperfiona | Oct 9, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312424191, Paperback)

As National Public Radio’s 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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A foreign correspondent working for National Public Radio recounts her experiences while covering the 2003 war with Iraq.

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