Last One In
Jimmy Stephens makes the worst mistake of his career as a gossip columnist when he wrongly accuses a big star of cheating on his wife. With lawsuits pending, Jimmy's imperious new editor blackmails him into taking the place of the paper's injured front-line war correspondent. Shipped off to the desert and embedded with a group of foulmouthed but fraternal Marines, Jimmy pr...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 26th 2007 by Harper Perennial
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A terrific comic novel about a gossip columnist who embeds with a Marine unit during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Jimmy's ineptness early provides great comic fodder, but his unexpected bonding with the Marines, who are wonderfully individualized characters really lifts the novel into being something much more than you initially expect.
This is a fairly cool book about the most recent war in Iraq. Told from the point of view (and the suspension of disbelief plot point) of a gossip reporter who gets embedded with a marine division, the main thrust of the book is to give a commentary on just how badly the press screwed up their coverage of the war. Overall an easy read with some interesting points to ponder about the way the media and the 24-hour news networks operate in this country.
One of the best books I read last year. Deals with a NY Times Gossip columnist that gets himself embedded with a marine corps troop at the beginning of the Iraq War. Starts a little weak, almost a weak imitation of "Love Monkey". Stick with it. What starts out as very smarmy and silly quickly develops into an insightful character study of both the writer and the Marines he lives with. Astonishing, highly recommended.