McChrystal Journalist Is No Hack

Michael Hastings' writing includes a riveting Iraq memoir
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2010 2:00 PM CDT
The cover for the Kindle version of "I Lost My Love in Baghdad" by Michael Hastings.   (Amazon)

(Newser) – Why did Stanley McChrystal even agree to meet with a Rolling Stone writer? Maybe because that writer was Michael Hastings, a highly respected journalist who’s written for a host of publications. Business Insider highlights some of his more notable stories:

  • I Lost My Love in Baghdad: In this incredible memoir, Hastings relates how he met his fiancé, a 28-year-old aid worker, in Baghdad, only to see her killed in a car bombing in 2007. Excerpt here.
  • “8 Long Days,” Newsweek: This 2005 story follows Louisiana National Guardsmen stuck in Iraq as Katrina ravages New Orleans, eight days before they were scheduled to return home.

  • "The Battle for Haifa Street," Newsweek: A telling look at a huge sectarian battle in the streets of Baghdad.
  • "Hack: Confessions of a Presidential Campaign Reporter," GQ: A brutally candid account of Hastings' time following the 2008 race.
  • "Newsweek: What Went Wrong," The Huffington Post: Hastings reflects on the sale of his former employer.
  • "The Renegade General," Rolling Stone: You know, in case you'd missed it.

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