Blindsided by the Taliban: A Journalist's Story of War, Trauma, Love, and Loss


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Skyhorse Publishing
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6.2 X 9.1 X 1.1 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

Carmen Gentile is a journalist who has written for some of the world's leading publications, including the New York Times, TIME, Newsweek, USA Today, and many others. He has covered both the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, embedding with soldiers on the front line. His work has also taken him to Nigeria, where he reported on the continuing unrest in the oil-rich Niger Delta. He began his international reporting career in the late 1990s when he was based in Cairo, Egypt.


"At turns hilarious and harrowing, surreal and sobering, Blindsided by the Taliban offers an unvarnished account of Carmen Gentile's horrific combat-zone injury and anguished recovery--one as much psychological as physical--that takes us deep into the dark heart of war and the byzantine maze of love as he searches for purpose and staggers toward redemption. Admirably bereft of self-pity, and resisting any impulse to airbrush his worst behavior, Gentile etches a bracing, incisive self-portrait of a war reporter who realizes the only way he can heal is to return to the front lines, where he will confront the enemy he fears most: himself."--Martin Kuz, reporter for theSan Antonio Express-News

"This book is an honest portrayal of how difficult it is not only to be a freelance journalist, but to be one in a war zone. It is a must-read for those who romanticize the work, as well as those who want to be journalists."--Krishnadev Calamur, senior editor atThe Atlantic

"Blindsided by the Taliban is a genuinely gripping and intense tale of warfare, injury, and recovery seen through the eyes of a seasoned war journalist. Carmen Gentile's journey captures the human courage and resilience so essential to survival in the aftermath of modern conflict, reminiscent of Mark Bowden's Black Hawk Down and Sebastian Junger's War. Blindsided by the Taliban is equal parts wrenching war drama and probing soul-searching: an incredible, captivating story of the fragile nature of humanity rarely found in war literature today." --Steve Leonard, creator of Doctrine Man

"Blindsided by the Taliban is a rollicking journey that starts with what should have been a fatal event. Instead, Gentile takes the reader along on a physical and emotional recovery from problems that actually get worse before they get better. His dysfunctional relationships, gut-wrenching descriptions of constipation and living conditions on remote combat outposts, and sexual misadventures with a parade of "friends" offering an escape, are vivid painfully honest and hilarious. He eventually finds normalcy and comfort back in Afghanistan's war zone and realizes that he's one of the "fortunate people." Yet this book provides a rare look at the personal cost of delivering the news from the world's hell holes to our living rooms."--Oren Dorell, foreign affairs and breaking news reporter at the USA Today