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This war. It takes and takes. Drains the budget, flays the soul. Or--immeasurably worse--it claims the person you love most. In January 2007, aid worker Andi Parhamovich was killed in Baghdad while her boyfriend, Newsweek 's Michael Hastings, worked a few miles away (page 166). Hastings has since returned to Iraq; he can't get Andi or the war out of his system. "I know this war's not worth even a single life," he says. "But part of me will always be drawn to covering it, even if it will always be about losing Andi. There's something intoxicating about war." This month, Scribner publishes his memoir, I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story.

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