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It's September 2010 and Carmen Gentile - a freelance reporter embedded with American troops in Afghanistan - is pondering his perpetual poverty and why the woman he's supposed to wed thinks he's an asshole.

Though he can't imagine his life getting any worse, a man wielding a rocket launcher is gracious enough to show him how, firing an explosive ordnance straight at his hea
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Kindle Edition, First, 15 pages
Published April 27th 2013 by Think Piece Publishing
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Doctrine Man
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic writing, a little bit Hemingway, a little big Vonnegut. His writing style is infectious, the kind of thing you just can't put down.
Dick Pirozzolo
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Carmen Gentile's personal account is a compelling, taught story about the risks REAL journalists take to get the facts. It flies in the face of current vilification of the media -- with charges of fake news -- for political dominance over the American people. I grew up on Clark Kent, Lou Grant, Edward R. Murrow, The Big Story, and Woodward and Bernstein as heroes of the quest from truth in a muddled world. "Kissed by the Taliban," whose title was changed to, "Blindsided by the Taliban" its a mus ...more
Adam Wahlberg
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing 6,000-word Single -- dude got hit in the face with a grenade in Afghanistan and survived, almost losing his right eye, and is now back covering wall. Talk about shock and awe -- that's what it's like to read the piece.
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My new book "Blindsided by the Taliban" is a dark-humor retelling of my unusual injury while reporting in Afghanistan. I was shot in the side of the head with an rocket-propelled grenade that didn't detonate, though blinded me in one eye and crushed the side of my face.

As I reporter, my work has appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, USA Today and numerous other publications.



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