A poignant, gritty memoir of a disillusioned reporter — Kirkus Reviews

A candid, darkly comic, and emotionally naked tale of a former NPR journalist who—driven by grief, loss, and the desire to find his “tribe”—seeks solace in the world’s most dangerous places and his pursuit to join the ranks of combat-tested war correspondents. The learning curve of reporting in hostile environments is steep and at times comical, at others nearly fatal. He encounters a lot of dust, ragged infrastructure, weaponry, scary driving, whiskey, lust, and way too much food poisoning. When the assignment ends, he is left to confront the mental and emotional impact of the years of danger, death, and destruction.

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Passport Stamps: Searching the world for a war to call home, a memoir by Sean D. Carberry. Front cover is reminiscent of the front of a US Passport, but the emblem, an eagle has been altered. This eagle has a camera iris over his head, a microphone in one claw, and a bottle in the other, spilling its contents. It is outlined in gold on a dark blue background.
Passport Stamps $9.99 – $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-956440-55-3 paperback $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-956440-56-0 ebook $9.99
A Memoir published August 15, 2023
~340 pages
Sean Carberry standing in a courtyard with trees behind.
Author Sean D. Carberry

Sean D. Carberry

Sean Carberry is a Peabody and Lowell Thomas award-winning journalist, writer, and editor. He’s currently managing editor of National Defense Magazine. In his more than 15 years as a radio and print journalist, he has traveled to dozens of countries, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. He was NPR’s last Kabul-based correspondent in 2012 through 2014. After that, he spent several years working for the Defense Department Office of Inspector General, writing and editing oversight reports on counterterrorism operations, before returning to journalism. In a previous life, he was a recording engineer, producer, and occasional guitarist working with artists including Combustible Edison, Four Piece Suit, The Radio Kings, and Susan Tedeschi. He has a B.A. from Lehigh University and an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his cat Squeak who he rescued from the streets of Kabul. 

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