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In Extremis: The Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin

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** BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK **

‘It has always seemed to me that what I write about is humanity in extremis, pushed to the unendurable, and that it is important to tell people what really happens in wars.’ Marie Colvin, 2001

Marie Colvin was glamorous, hard-drinking, braver than the boys, with a troubled and rackety personal life. With fierce compassion and honesty, she r
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Published November 1st 2018 by Vintage Digital (first published April 1st 2012)
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Sarah
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, biography, nonfiction
As the adult book buyer for an indie bookstore, I begged our publisher rep for an advance copy as soon as she told me about In Extremis. Ever since reading Lynsey Addario’s memoir a few years ago, I’ve been a bit obsessed with the stories of war correspondents, particularly those of the women who have reported from the Middle East in the last 2 decades. I devoured In Extremis in nearly one sitting. Marie Colvin was an icon, a real gem of a human being who played by her own rules. Written by a fe ...more
Laura
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bettie, Wanda
From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the week:
Lindsey Hilsum's compelling biography is a tribute to the courageous and inspiring journalist who sought always to bear witness to the brutal truths of war. Read by Juliet Aubrey.

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In Lindsey Hilsum's account, the brave journalist is in the world's most dangerous city.

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In Lindsey Hilsum's account of the brave journalist, there is a career-defining moment.

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In Lindsey Hilsum's account, the courageous journalist is on assignment to Chech
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Mimi
Conventional but well-crafted and carefully researched biography of war correspondent Marie Colvin. Lindsay Hilsum covers Colvin’s life from her early years: her Long Island childhood, her time tutored by John Hersey – whose influence became a constant in her reporting life – to working at UPI with the now notorious Lucien Carr - former friend of Kerouac, famous for overcoming a murder indictment and rising to the status of influential editor. A chance assignment during the 1986 conflict between ...more
Bettie☯
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: bbc listeners
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Laura


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Lindsey Hilsum's compelling biography is a tribute to the courageous and inspiring journalist who sought always to bear witness to the brutal truths of war. Read by Juliet Aubrey.

Description: Lindsey Hilsum's new book tells the story of Marie Colvin, the brave and daring journalist who, throughout a career distinguished by bravery and compassion, was driven to shine a light on the realities of some of the world's most devastating conflicts from the 1980s u
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Karen Lewis
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Suspenseful biography that chronicles the personal life and reporting of one of the top journalists, Marie Colvin who reported from hot-spots including Israel, Beirut, Palestine, Libya, East Timor, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Afghanistan. Behind civilian lines in Sryia, she was killed by government forces in 2012. The story of an era, and a person who bore witness to humanity.
Lisa  Carlson
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Lisa by: NY Times
Shelves: biography
Multi award winning English journalist Lindsey Hilsum elevates the story of war correspondent Marie Colvin beautifully in her book In Extremis: The Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin. (300 plus pages with photos, epilogue, index and acknowledgments) Back in February of 2012 the 56 year old Colvin was essentially murdered along with other journalists in Syria as they attempted to share the real story of what Syria's government was doing to the people in the country. Colvin did report from the ...more
BookGypsy
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a remarkable biography of war correspondent Marie Colvin. Marie was an ambitious young girl from Long Island. She got her start working for The Sunday Times. Marie covered stories all over the world. Placing herself in the most dangerous situations. She lived her life on the edge at work as well as in her personal life. She drank too much, suffered from PTSD and lost her eye in Sri Lanka. At age fifty-six she lost her life from an IED in Syria. When you learn what she has done, how much ...more
Mboconnor31
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The author did justice to a challenging biography. I was fascinated by the life and times of this willful woman. Having lived through the same time period in the same region and having done and thought many similar things, it was compelling to read, i.e., Vietnam War protests, Watergate etc. As it advanced in time, I literally felt the speed of a barreling train wreck in progress. With sympathy, I felt her pain and wanted to warn her too to prevent it. I would like to read her collection of writ ...more
Dave Koch
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Marie Colvin led an extraordinary life as a war correspondent with extremes of joy and sorrow. Her lasting legacy is her commitment to revealing the plight of innocents caught in the caught in the midst of the horrors of war, having no place to go. She placed herself in grave danger again and again and suffer greatly for doing so. Her heroic effort to tell these stories was often helpful but also often frustrated. She shine a bright light on the inhumanity that still exists in parts of our world ...more
Lindsay
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a Good Reads giveaway. I had never heard of Marie Colvin before this book, but I think she might inspire other young woman to become reporters. This book also sheds light on the troubles Marie encountered in her personal life. While her need to report from combat zones led to her demise, it felt like the proper ending to her story. I can't imagine she would have preferred to die at home knowing that she had left those suffering in the war zone behind. It was an exciting read t ...more
Mathilde
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Covering and reporting the appalling reality of war was Marie Colvin's priority as one of the bravest war correspondents of her generation. With detailed insight of both her professional and private life, this absolutely fascinating biography captures the tension and the dangers of wars for journalists and, above all, Marie's determination to bear witness. Her passion, courage and humanity are unforgettable.
Steve Angelkov
What a remarkable story, chronicling the life and works of War Correspondent, Marie Colvin.

A warts and all detail of the character of a woman, who pushed herself to extremes, for the pursuit of a news story.

Highly recommended.
Jojo
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is hard to say you really enjoy a book about war and the death of the main character, but this is a fine book telling the tale of a brave woman looking to let us all know what horrors go on in this world.
Sam Wilkinson
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just, wow!

What a woman. What a life. So courageous.

Possible spoiler, you know something is going to be bad when the safe part of the trip takes you to Beirut before things get hairy.

Frank and very easy to read, this is an interesting biography of an astounding woman.
Joe Rousmaniere
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Superb telling of a fascinating life.

I come from the same Oyster Bay town. I’m a few years older and after reading this I’m a million miles away from Marie Colvin. Yikes what a life!

Al
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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In depth look at Marie’s life but poorly edited. Lots of repetitive anecdotes with no context.
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Lindsey Hilsum is the author of "In Extremis: the Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin" (2018)and "Sandstorm: Libya in the Time of Revolution" (2012). She is the international editor of Channel 4 News, and has covered many of the conflicts of recent times including Syria, Ukraine and Libya as well as the Trump administration, terror attacks in Europe and refugee movements. She was Beijing Bureau ...more
“August 26, 1992. What we as Western journalists should do in Iraq, as anywhere else, is try to make it understandable. It is now a place of mystery and violence to most Americans. Always my family is worried when I say I’m here and doesn’t believe me when I say Baghdad is one of my favorite cities in the world. But you are a difficult people to explain, people of extremes, capable of extreme toughness and extreme sentimentality.” 0 likes
“Marie was well enough to be amused by the contrast between the American and British response to her situation. The British High Commission, she told Farrell, had sent a diplomat in a Laura Ashley skirt, carrying a parasol, who told her there was nothing they could do—after all, Marie had gone to the north illegally. “Marie said she had never been more grateful to be an American,” he recalls.” 0 likes
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