War Reporting for Cowards

Product Number: EB00667441
Released: Apr 14, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781555845940
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
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"Imagine George Costanza from Seinfeld being sent off to cover the Iraq War . . . Hilarious." -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times Chris Ayres is a small-town boy, a hypochondriac, and a neat freak with an anxiety disorder. Not exactly the picture of a war correspondent. But when his boss asks him if he would like to go to Iraq, he doesn't have the guts to say no. After signing a one million dollar life-insurance policy, studying a tutorial on repairing severed limbs, and spending twenty thousand dollars on camping gear (only to find out that his bright yellow tent makes him a sitting duck), Ayres is embedded with a battalion of gung ho Marines who either shun him or threaten him when he files an unfavorable story. As time goes on, though, he begins to understand them (and his inexplicably enthusiastic fellow war reporters) more and more: Each night of terrifying combat brings, in the morning, something more visceral than he has ever experienced-the thrill of having won a fight for survival. War Reporting for Cowards tells, with "self-deprecating wit", the story of Iraq in a way that is extraordinarily honest and bitterly hilarious (The New Yorker). "Heartbreakingly funny." -Anthony Swofford, author of Jarhead "Chris Ayres has invented a new genre: a rip-roaring tale of adventure and derring-don't." -Toby Young, author of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People "Darkly entertaining." -Los Angeles Times "Ayres's stories of life with Marines are gripping-in part because he's the perfect neurotic foil." -People

Author(s): Chris Ayres
Original Publish Date: Dec 01, 2007

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