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In Extremis
In Extremis: The Life and Death of the War Correspondent Marie Colvin | Lindsey Hilsum
The devastating biography of Marie Colvin, the foremost war reporter of her generation, who was killed in Syria in 2012 When Marie Colvin was killed in an artillery attack in Homs, Syria, in 2012, at age fifty-six, the world lost a fearless and iconoclastic war correspondent who covered the most significant global calamities of her lifetime. In Extremis, written by her fellow reporter Lindsey Hilsum, is a thrilling investigation into Colvins epic life and tragic death based on exclusive access to her intimate diaries from age thirteen to her death, interviews with people from every corner of her life, and impeccable research. After growing up in a middle-class Catholic family on Long Island, Colvin studied with the legendary journalist John Hersey at Yale, and eventually started working for The Sunday Times of London, where she gained a reputation for bravery and compassion as she told the stories of victims of the major conflicts of our time. She lost sight in one eye while in Sri Lanka covering the civil war, interviewed Gaddafi and Arafat many times, and repeatedly risked her life covering conflicts in Chechnya, East Timor, Kosovo, and the Middle East. Colvin lived her personal life in extremis, too: bold, driven, and complex, she was married twice, took many lovers, drank and smoked, and rejected societys expectations for women. Despite PTSD, she refused to give up reporting. Like her hero Martha Gellhorn, Colvin was committed to bearing witness to the horrifying truths of war, and to shining a light on the profound suffering of ordinary people caught in the midst of conflict. Lindsey Hilsums In Extremis is a devastating and revelatory biography of one of the greatest war correspondents of her generation.
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kaysworld1
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Well that was disappointing.
Not what I was expecting at all.

Again the only thing I learnt about her was apart from smoking, drinking and can't hold a man is she is a good story teller and a adrenaline junkie!
I am very sorry she was assassinated but sometimes you do see the warning signs and maybe you should listen to them.

#readingthelibrary #librarybook #warjournalist #mariacolvin #reading #lifestory

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kaysworld1
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Lazy day off 👍
Dragged everything from the bed to the sofa and all I have done is the dishes and read.
#catsoflitsy #rudi #lazydayreading #dayoff #librarybook 🐾🐈♀️☕📚

jenniferw88 Gorgeous 🐱 3w
Gaylagal2 Me too! Feeling like a total sloth today, but loving it🤙 3w
kaysworld1 @Gaylagal2 Absolutely 🤟♀️ 3w
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Thrilled my local library purchased a copy, I've been curious about this book!

8little_paws It's excellent 3w
kyraleseberg @8little_paws I'm excited to hear that, I'm really looking forward to it! 3w
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kaysworld1
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85 pages in and the only thing I have learnt is she likes to drink, party and have sex... Oh and she can't hold a man and has daddy issues!
Does this get any better?

#readingthelibrary #librarybook #warjournalist #mariacolvin #reading #lifestory

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#booksandvinyl it‘s mentioned her listening to patsy cline and the title three cigarettes in a ashtray seemed to fit.
This is the best kind of biography, when the author obviously loves who they are writing about but also isn‘t afraid to show their flaws.
Marie‘s life was amazing as was her outlook on why she reported. Whilst she was competitive about getting the story she always wanted to centre the everyday people who were caught up in war in

Weaponxgirl Her journalism. This gave her writing real heart. 5mo
Weaponxgirl I found the last chapter when she was in Syria really hard to read as you know what‘s coming. If you are like me and cry at the end of biographies then This one will be particularly gut punchy. 5mo
Weaponxgirl But it was an amazing read and i think that even people who don‘t normally enjoy biographies would probably enjoy reading this one too. Hell one of her assignments is enough for a book on its own for most people. 5mo
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Outstanding. I didn't know who Marie was but her life sounded fascinating so I picked this up. The author balances her personal and professional life well, you end the book feeling you have a good sense of her as a person. What a life! I hated putting it down, I will have to pick up the collection of her writing that was published posthumously. I'll read just about anything regarding war reporting, and I'm so glad I learned about her.

Crazeedi Never heard of her, but has to tell of a courageous woman 5mo
Tanisha_A Sounds very interesting! Nice review! 5mo
Weaponxgirl I‘m reading this atm and whilst I knew about her I wasn‘t aware of just how amazing she was. 5mo
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8little_paws
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I'm halfway through this, and it's FANTASTIC, get it on your radar folks!!!

Weaponxgirl I‘m reading this too and I completely agree! She is amazing! 5mo
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Drinking boba and catching up on my very-late-delivered issue of Bookforum!

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arlenefinnigan
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This is a brilliant book. An amazing life, described beautifully. Unflinchingly honest without being salacious.

Cinfhen This looks like a really intense read. Thanks for sharing #stacked (edited) 7mo
arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen yeah, intense is definitely the word! 7mo
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arlenefinnigan
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#ReadHarder challenge 4: a book by a journalist or about journalism

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shmreads
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I'm lucky as I managed to get some reading done while on a "holiday" with the boys. Even if it meant reading late at night when the kids are sound asleep and I'm dead tired.

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This is just sad. Profoundly, sad. I had to tag a book. So I tagged my currently reading book.

gradcat I agree 😢 9mo
Crazeedi Very sad 9mo
wordzie 😯😭 6mo
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shmreads
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I miss her.

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I'm currently reading In Extremis by Lindsey Hilsum. Anyone else read/reading it? 18% through and quite appalled with the personal anecdotes revealed (her diary entries). Some may think it's necessary to get to know Marie Colvin better but for those who followed her journalism (and maybe, read On the Front Line), might disagree. Thoughts welcome.

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shmreads

Amazon's got some Book Dash deal. I think it ends today. I got two books! This, and Small Fry.

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Lindsey Hilsum, war correspondent and author of Sandstorm (2012, on Libya), has released a new book, titled "In Extremis". The book is about Marie Colvin's life and death.

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Twocougs
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A bit overwhelmed to be honest. Marie was a woman of passions and demons, yet with a heart the size of the Middle East. Marie‘s reporting allowed us to see the dangerous places of the world in simple human terms. Our loss is not only her journalism, but the complicated and loved woman that was part of the whole package.

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Morning reading. 🔥📚❤️

HardcoverHearts My heart breaks just looking at this cover. What a phenomenal force she was. 11mo
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