“Under the Wire: Marie Colvin’s Final Assignment” is the new war journal by photographer Paul Conroy. He along with Marie Colvin who was an American foreign war correspondent reported on the suffering of civilians in Syria. This turned out to be her last assignment because she was killed in a rocket attack on February 22, 2012. It is schedule to be released on Tuesday October 8, 2013.
He and Marie became friends when they spent time reporting on war zones around the world. “Under the Wire” contains Paul’s recollections of their friendship and the last year they spent together. He was with her when she was killed in the media center they shared with other journalists. After finding safety in a neighboring building he and Edith Bouvier, William Daniels and Javier Espinosa hid for five days before being evacuated.
During his escape through the same tunnel they used when they were smuggled into the country he was embarrassed by the order of the evacuation because there were other people who needed it more. He was urged on because the people needed him alive to tell their story.
This is an eye-opening account of what journalists go through to tell the world about the atrocities going on in war-torn countries like Syria. The last four chapters contain most of the dramatic action as Paul tells of his effort to make it out alive despite being heavily injured.
In spite of the seriousness of the material it is not without humor. Particularly when Marie thinks her computer has gone down when it was just in hibernation mode and when she thinks she’s going deaf because of the constant shelling but it was just the rubber piece from Paul’s headphones that was still in her ear.
"You try to distract your mind but the reality bites as every gunshot or explosion drags you, kicking and screaming, back to earth. You then start the tiresome process of mental preparation all over again."
*A copy of this book was given for an honest review.