My War Gone By, I Miss It So
Born to a distinguished family steeped in military tradition, raised on stories of wartime and ancestral heroes, Anthony Loyd longed to experience war from the front lines. He left England at the age of twenty-six to document the conflict in Bosnia, and for the following years he witnessed the killings of one of the most callous and chaotic clashes on European soil. His harrowing account from the trenches shows humanity at its worst and best, through daily tragedies in city streets and mountain villages during Yugoslavia’s brutal dissolution. Addicted to the adrenaline of armed combat, he returned home to wage a longstanding personal battle against substance abuse. Shocking and violent, yet lyrical and ultimately redemptive, this book is a breathtaking feat of reportage and an uncompromising look at the terrifyingly seductive power of war.
“Battlefield reportage does not get more up close, gruesome, and personal. . . . The fear and confusion of battle are so vivid that in places, they rise like acrid smoke from the page.” —The New York Times
“Loyd’s fragmentary reports morph into first-rate war correspondence from Bosnia that places him into the great tradition of Hemingway, Philip Caputo, and Michael Herr.” —Dusko Doder, The Boston Globe
“[Loyd] gets past the carnage and begins to answer the more fundamental question of just how the war in Bosnia came to be so bad. . . . Some of the finest writing to come out of the Bosnian conflict. His prose can be both beautiful and disturbing.” —Kimberley A. Strassel, The Wall Street Journal
“Reading his book can be murder, but what a writer, what a vision. In its rawest passages, My War Gone By, I Miss It So is hard to read. From start to finish, though, it’s hard to read and not be impressed.” —Peter Rowe, The San Diego Union-Tribune
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