Book Review: Dirty Wars and Polished Silver

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Dirty Wars and Polished Silver by Lynda Schuster

Pages: 352
Publisher: Melville House

From a former Wall Street Journal foreign correspondent, an exuberant memoir of life, love, and transformation on the frontlines of conflicts around the world

Growing up in 1970s Detroit, Lynda Schuster felt certain life was happening elsewhere. And as soon as she graduated from high school, she set out to find it. 

Dirty Wars and Polished Silver 
is Schuster’s story of her life abroad as a foreign correspondent in war-torn countries, and, later, as the wife of a U.S. Ambassador. It chronicles her time working on a kibbutz in Israel, reporting on uprisings in Central America and a financial crisis in Mexico, dodging rocket fire in Lebanon, and grieving the loss of her first husband, a fellow reporter, who was killed only ten months after their wedding.

But even after her second marriage, to a U.S. diplomat, all the black-tie parties and personal staff and genteel “Ambassatrix School” grooming in the world could not protect her from the violence of war.

Equal parts gripping and charming, Dirty Wars and Polished Silver is a story about one woman’s quest for self-discovery—only to find herself, unexpectedly, more or less back where she started: wiser, saner, more resolved. And with all her limbs intact.

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Schuster has an excellent authorial voice that makes every adventure even more fascinating to read. She's had an incredible life, filled with travel and experiences most people would never dream of having. 

The tone of the writing is very engaging and never fades to dryness or loses audience attention. This is a great memoir for anyone interested in the work that Schuster has done, the concept of foreign correspondence, and even travel or the culture and lifestyle of other countries. 

Links: Goodreads, Amazon, Author Website
I received my copy from TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review. See the rest of the tour here

1 comment:

  1. I'm not nearly as adventurous as Schuster but I to enjoy reading about other people's adventures!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.