Michael Hastings is the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller, The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan. In 2011, he received the George Polk Award in journalism for his Rolling Stone story “The Runaway General.” His work has appeared in Newsweek, GQ, Men’s Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Slate, Salon, Foreign Policy, The Daily Beast, Huffington Post, and a number of other publications. In 2010, Hastings was named one of Huffington Post’s Game Changers of the year. His GQ story “Obama’s War” was selected for Best American Political Writing 2009. In 2008, he covered the presidential elections for Newsweek, a tale he recounted in the story “Hack: Confessions of a Presidential Campaign Reporter,” published in GQ and chosen by Slate as one of the best stories in modern campaign literature. From 2005-2007, Hastings was the Baghdad correspondent for Newsweek magazine. He’s covered the wars in Afghanistan, the conflict in Israel, and most recently, the behind the scenes story of President Obama’s decision to intervene in Libya. A contributing editor to Rolling Stone, he’s also the author of I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story.
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