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Posts Tagged ‘Stanley A. McChrystal’

Michael Hastings Has Died

Investigative reporter and author Michael Hastings has died following a car accident. He was working as BuzzFeed’s correspondent-at-large and a Rolling Stone contributor.

Hastings was the author of The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan and I Lost My Love in Baghdad. Hastings made headlines in 2010 for his Rolling Stone article “The Runaway General,” a story that ultimately cost General Stanley A. McChrystal his command. At Reddit, Hastings shared this advice for writers:

Mainly you really have to love writing and reporting. Like it’s more important to you than anything else in your life–family, friends, social life, whatever … Learn to embrace rejection as part of the gig. Keep writing/pitching/reading.

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Stanley A. McChrystal Lands Book Deal for Memoir

portfoliologo.jpgRetired U.S. Army General Stanley A. McChrystal has landed a book deal with Portfolio/Penguin to publish his memoir.

Publication for the currently untitled book is set for 2012. Robert Barnett of Williams & Connolly negotiated the deal with Portfolio publisher Adrian Zackheim. Earlier this year the general was relieved of his command of U.S. forces in Afghanistan after sharing some controversial opinions in a Rolling Stone profile written by Michael Hastings.

Zackheim had this comment: “Amidst all the media coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan … few people know who General Stan McChrystal really is and what he has accomplished. Nor do people realize what a fascinating career he had for 38 years in the Army and what he can teach all of us about effective leadership under extreme pressure.”

Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal Shares Controversial Opinions with Author

michaelhastings.pngGen. Stanley A. McChrystal found himself in political hot water today after sharing some revealing quotes with an author for a Rolling Stone profile. McChrystal and his aides are quoted criticizing administration officials.

UPDATE: Rolling Stone has published a profile of the general written by Michael Hastings (pictured, via True/Slant), a political journalist and author of the memoir, I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story. In 2007, Hastings book proposal generated some controversy online.

McChrystal has reportedly been called back to Washington D.C., and offered this statement: “I extend my sincerest apology for this profile … It was a mistake reflecting poor judgment and should never have happened. Throughout my career, I have lived by the principles of personal honor and professional integrity. What is reflected in this article falls far short of that standard.”