Carmen Gentile has spent the last two decades traveling the world as an award-winning journalist covering conflict and developing countries.
His work has taken him to the mountains of Afghanistan, Iraqi deserts and the Brazilian Amazon.
When he's not working, Carmen has climbed mountains in Bolivia, surfed world-class waves in El Salvador and off-road motorcycled in New Zealand.
In 2010, his life was forever changed when he was injured by a Taliban rocket-propelled grenade while embedded with U.S. forces in Afghanistan. In perhaps the most unusual injury in the annals of modern warfare, Carmen was struck in the face by the rocket at close range, blinding him in his right eye and shattering the side of his face.
Fortunately for him, the ordnance, capable of disabling an armored vehicle, did not detonate. Carmen was evacuated from the hot zone and subsequently underwent four operations to repair his face and restore some of his vision.
After months of recovery, he returned to front line reporting in Afghanistan, a harrowing tale he chronicles with dark and self-deprecating humor in his book Blindsided by the Taliban.
The story chronicles not only his injury by his personal, professional and romantic missteps and Carmen seeks to return to the one thing he feels he can still get right: covering war.
He has spoken at length about his experience and how having a sense of humor about his injury and other setbacks helped him maintain his sanity during the worst time of his life.
Carmen continues to cover conflict like the recent fighting in Iraq between local forces and the Islamic State in northern city of Mosul.
Hoping to entice new readers to this important story, he recently teamed up with a photographer and fellow motorcycle enthusiast to combine riding and the story of the fighting in Iraq into a single narrative.
Most recently, Carmen’s book was optioned for film and is currently in pre-production under the working title War Wounds with acclaimed director George Marshall Ruge attached to direct.
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