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Tell Them I Didn't Cry

A Young Journalist's Story of Joy, Loss, and Survival in Iraq

Foreword by David Ignatius / With Jenny Spinner

About The Book

In her gripping account of the Iraq war, Jackie Spinner goes beyond the headlines to reveal the challenges of reporting news in a place where danger and fear accompany journalists everywhere. This is a vivid and personal story of her time in Iraq -- where for thirteen months she covered the war from its center in Baghdad, Fallujah, Kurdistan, and Abu Ghraib -- and of being transformed from a naive woman and rookie correspondent into a seasoned foreign reporter.

Jackie's account is punctuated by brief vignettes written by her identical twin sister, Jenny, who watched as Jackie was drawn further and further into a world increasingly fraught with danger. Every morning she looked for Jackie's byline in the Post, knowing only then that her sister had survived another day.

Through it all -- the violence and fear as well as the moments of humor, camaraderie, and warmth -- Jackie Spinner brings home, with brilliant intensity and candor, what it is like to report on a war under exceptional circumstances.

About The Author

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Jackie Spinner is a staff writer for The Washington Post and has appeared on many major television and radio news shows. She won the Distinguished International Reporting award from the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild for her reporting in Iraq.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Scribner (August 7, 2007)
  • Length: 288 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780743288552

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Raves and Reviews

"Jackie Spinner's poignant memoir of nine months as a foreign a vivid picture of the sacrifices journalists make in war zones."
-- Chicago Tribune

"[Spinner's] harrowing but funny new memoir [is] the most honest war story you'll ever read. This woman is bravery personified."
-- Glamour

"Jackie Spinner's book odyssey of closely observed and beautifully sequenced stages of an emotional and professional life as a reporter for The Washington Post in Iraq."
-- Ellen Mickiewicz, director, DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy, Duke University

"Jackie Spinner tells this war story better than any other account."
-- Tod Robberson, The Dallas Morning News

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