Carmen Gentile: Blindsided by the Taliban

Carmen wounded in Afghanistan
Carmen Gentile

Carmen Gentile is an international reporter, covering developing and war torn areas ranging from Brazil and Nigeria, to Iraq and Afghanistan where he was embedded with American troops in the Lunar Province in eastern Afghanistan.

“That doesn’t mean I’m not scared shitless when I do it. I just leave that part out of my stories.”

soldier in Afghanistan

But there was one story he could not escape and it was his own. While on a reconnaissance mission with U.S. troops, an RPG (rocket propelled grenade) hit Carmen in the face. Remarkably, it didn’t detonate.

“As it raced towards me, I accepted death as an inevitability. Now, the memory of my resignation to dying has left an indelible black mark on me that permeates every moment since.”

Carmen Gentile

Carmen faced numerous reconstructive surgeries and never fully regained vision in his injured eye which he details in his book, “Blindsided by the Taliban”.

But his story is about more than just injury and recovery. It’s about themes that weave through all our lives, themes of finding meaning, loss, injury, hurt , romantic woes, and professional frustrations.

Carmen’s story is raw, real and mesmerizing.


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Carmen Gentile: The Movie

Carmen’s book has been optioned for a movie. Here is a real life look at some of his experiences in Afghanistan.


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