In Extremis: The Life and Death of the War Correspondent Marie Colvin

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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6.0 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author

Lindsey Hilsum is the International Editor for Channel 4 News in England. She has covered many of the major conflicts and international events of the last twenty-five years, including the wars in Syria, Ukraine, Iraq and Kosovo; the Arab Spring; and the genocide in Rwanda. Her writing has appeared in The New York Review of Books, The Guardian, and Granta. Her first book, Sandstorm: Libya in the Time of Revolution was short-listed for the 2012 Guardian First Book Awar


"An extraordinary account of one reporter's fearless and ultimately fatal dedication . . . Hilsum draws an empathetic portrait of a woman whose courage often crossed into recklessness, both in combat zones and outside them . . . Thanks to Hilsum's deeply reported and passionately written book, [Colvin] has the full accounting that she deserves." --Joshua Hammer, The New York Times Book Review

"Colvin's life has been memorably chronicled by Hilsum . . . it is Hilsum's biography, written by a woman who both knew Colvin and had access to her unpublished reporting notes and private diaries--a trove of some three hundred notebooks--that seems to most closely capture her spirit." --Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker

"Magnificent and moving . . . [Hilsum] captures the clashing extremes of Colvin's life." --Jill Dougherty, The Washington Post

"Hilsum writes with admiration and compassionate understanding of her colleague . . . Journalists will devour Hilsum's book, but will others? They should: with Marie's story, Hilsum opens doors through which many would not peep." --Ed Vulliamy, The New York Review of Books

"In Extremis is the best biography I've read in what seems like ages . . . Hilsum brilliantly synthesizes it all, separating wheat from chaff and building a portrait of a remarkable and somewhat troubled woman." --Curt Schleier, Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"Extraordinarily intimate. . . Hilsum evokes a martyr in slow motion." --Megan K. Stack, Bookforum (cover review)

"One of the best biographies I have read about any journalist . . . What makes the biography and the life on which it is based so impressive is the truly heroic proportions of Colvin's dedication to getting the story of human beings trapped in war . . . Hilsum weaves the accomplishments into the personal story." --Charles Glass, The Intercept

"Absorbing and meticulously researched." --Paul Alexander, Newsday

"What ultimately emerges from In Extremis is a generous, complicated, brave, vivacious, fully alive woman, consummately committed to her work." --Stephanie Sy-Quia, Los Angeles Review of Books

"A wonderful book -- a fitting tribute, certainly, but also a well-told tale of a remarkable life." --Jane Bonham Carter, Sunday Times (U.K.)

"Marie Colvin was a one-off, eccentric, brilliant and sometimes maddening. Lindsey Hilsum does her justice." --Robert Fox, Evening Standard (U.K.)

"[In Extremis] succeeds brilliantly in honouring a brave and hugely influential journalist, while allowing the real woman, with all her strength, intelligence and human frailty, to shine through . . . Gripping and very moving." --Susan Flockhart, The National (Scotland)

"There are times when the book risks becoming a hagiography, but Hilsum avoids this by combining storytelling with asking important questions about what kind of service war correspondents perform and what ethical codes they should adhere to." --Lara Feigel, The Guardian (U.K.)

"[An] intimate biography." --The Economist

"Hilsum is able to portray Colvin in remarkable fullness . . . a rip-roaring life rendered extremely well." --Kirkus (starred review)

"Hilsum . . . has done a masterful job of telling Colvin's story. This is riveting personal and professional history, told with skill and sincerity . . . Hilsum has created something truly worthy of her subject, a biography that reads like high adventure, a masterwork that will draw well-deserved attention to a heroic witness." --Colleen Mondor, Booklist (starred review)

"This unputdownable account will inspire future journalists, especially women, and should find wide audiences among those interested in global crises and international affairs." --Karl Helicher, Library Journal (starred review)

"Writing a biography of Marie Colvin is like capturing lightning in a bottle, but Lindsey Hilsum has the knowledge and personal experience to help us understand what drew Colvin to rush towards the eye of the storm at such great risk." --Annie Lennox

"One of the modern world's most experienced and admired foreign correspondents, Lindsey Hilsum has now written a riveting, intimate, and deeply moving account of the epic life of her late friend and colleague, Marie Colvin. In the tradition of Martha Gellhorn, her fellow American and ultimate heroine and role model, Colvin sought to bear witness and write well about the world's most troubled places, and for twenty-five years she did just that, over and over again, going in deep and staying too long in a dozen conflicts from Libya and Lebanon to Kosovo, and from Iraq to Afghanistan and East Timor. She lost an eye in Sri Lanka, and eventually her life in Syria, and she will be long remembered--not least because of Hilsum's fine work in this book-- as one of the great war reporters of her generation." --Jon Lee Anderson, author of The Fall of Baghdad