HELLO TO ALL THAT: A Memoir of War, Zoloft, and Peace

John H. Falk, Author . Holt $25 (304p) ISBN 978-0-8050-7218-1

Afflicted with chronic depression from childhood, Falk thought his troubles were over when he discovered Zoloft at age 25. But it wasn't until he chose the hazardous career of war journalism in Bosnia in the early 1990s that he escaped his "pointless" life. In this raucous, zany memoir, the author explains how he chose that profession after reading books of extraordinary lives and deciding adventure would restore him to life. Courting chaos and death in a place where sanity matters little would, he thought, do the trick. War reporters were "free agents who answered to no one and lived each day like it was their last." Falk intercuts wild, amusing scenes of his troubled 1980s Long Island youth with the uncontrolled mayhem of Sarajevo, where his instincts as a reporter often failed him and got him into tricky situations (e.g., being mistaken for a spy). However, while maniacally juggling his meds and daily NBC radio stories, he experienced the futility of war and matured as a man and a journalist. Falk's wise, comical testament ends on a joyous note of a marriage and a Details magazine article that morphed into a Peabody Award–winning HBO movie, Shot Through the Heart , making his story an unlikely personal triumph over depression. Agent, Stuart Krichevsky. (Jan. 4)

Reviewed on: 10/18/2004
Release date: 01/01/2005
Genre: Nonfiction
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