1. A former British army major goes from security contractor to extreme restauranteur in Iraq’s Green Zone as he opens a bar that offers peacekeepers, foreign soldiers and mercenaries a calm respite and fine bottle of Bordeaux.

    “James bought a contraband moped, a Honda 150, and scooted around Green Zone wearing bespoke suits brought from home. Just because you’re in country, he thought, doesn’t mean your standards have to slip. He was a soldier if fortune, but of a gentlemanly sort.”

  2. Meet Lou Villar. He broke bad before Breaking Bad. In 1967, he was a clean-cut Spanish teacher at Coronado High School in Southern California. By the mid-1970s, he was smuggling millions of dollars of high grade pot across U.S. borders. Read Coronado High for free, courtesy of warbyparker. Written by Joshuah Bearman, the journalist behind Argo. 

    Meet Lou Villar. He broke bad before Breaking Bad. In 1967, he was a clean-cut Spanish teacher at Coronado High School in Southern California. By the mid-1970s, he was smuggling millions of dollars of high grade pot across U.S. borders. Read Coronado High for free, courtesy of warbyparker. Written by Joshuah Bearman, the journalist behind Argo. 

  3. It’s a real-life Breaking Bad story, except the ex-teacher taught Spanish and not chemistry, the trade was in marijuana not meth, and the location was Coronado, California, not Albuquerque, New Mexico.
This chart shows the roles assumed by the alumni and one former teacher of Coronado High School in what became The Coronado Company, a well-oiled machine responsible for smuggling tens of millions of dollars worth of high-grade pot across American borders during the ’70s and ’80s.
Coronado High, written by Joshuah Bearman, the journalist behind Argo, is available for free for a limited time thanks to warbyparker. 

    It’s a real-life Breaking Bad story, except the ex-teacher taught Spanish and not chemistry, the trade was in marijuana not meth, and the location was Coronado, California, not Albuquerque, New Mexico.

    This chart shows the roles assumed by the alumni and one former teacher of Coronado High School in what became The Coronado Company, a well-oiled machine responsible for smuggling tens of millions of dollars worth of high-grade pot across American borders during the ’70s and ’80s.

    Coronado High, written by Joshuah Bearman, the journalist behind Argo, is available for free for a limited time thanks to warbyparker

  4. This cover for Coronado High is not moving. It’s just you. 

    This cover for Coronado High is not moving. It’s just you. 

  5. gq:

Coronado High
The story seemed too incredible—too Hollywood—to be true: A group of twentysomething surfers and a former high school Spanish teacher form one of the most successful smuggling operations in the country. When writer Joshuah Bearman, author of the story that became Oscar-winning Argo, came upon the story, he thought it was improbable at best and, at worst, apocryphal. Then he started reporting… and reporting… making call after call, building trust with every surviving member of what would eventually be called the Coronado Company.

We’re publishing an extended version of Coronado High next week.
Pre-order it now. 

    gq:

    Coronado High

    The story seemed too incredible—too Hollywood—to be true: A group of twentysomething surfers and a former high school Spanish teacher form one of the most successful smuggling operations in the country. When writer Joshuah Bearman, author of the story that became Oscar-winning Argo, came upon the story, he thought it was improbable at best and, at worst, apocryphal. Then he started reporting… and reporting… making call after call, building trust with every surviving member of what would eventually be called the Coronado Company.

    We’re publishing an extended version of Coronado High next week.

    Pre-order it now. 

  6. In honor of Argo’s Oscar win, we’re having a 99-cent sale on Baghdad Country Club by Joshuah Bearman, the author of the Wired article that inspired Argo. 

    In honor of Argo’s Oscar win, we’re having a 99-cent sale on Baghdad Country Club by Joshuah Bearman, the author of the Wired article that inspired Argo. 

  7. With Argo’s Golden Globe wins last night, today is a good day to read the Josh Bearman story that inspired the movie! 
And while you’re at it, check out Baghdad Country Club. 

    With Argo’s Golden Globe wins last night, today is a good day to read the Josh Bearman story that inspired the movie! 

    And while you’re at it, check out Baghdad Country Club

  8. The Atavist crew just saw Argo, the film based on Joshuah Bearman’s thrilling Wired story. Read it on Longform and listen to a bonus podcast with the Baghdad Country Club author. 

    The Atavist crew just saw Argo, the film based on Joshuah Bearman’s thrilling Wired story. Read it on Longform and listen to a bonus podcast with the Baghdad Country Club author. 

  9. An exhibit of real props from a fake movie. 
Before Argo became a Ben Affleck film, it was a Wired story by Joshuah Bearman, author of Baghdad Country Club. 

    An exhibit of real props from a fake movie. 

    Before Argo became a Ben Affleck film, it was a Wired story by Joshuah Bearman, author of Baghdad Country Club

  10. Excited to see this movie, which is based on a Wired article written by Baghdad Country Club author Joshuah Bearman.
gq:

Toronto Film Festival: Tom Carson reviews Argo
Tom Carson reviews Argo, Ben Affleck’s take on the 1979 Iran hostage crisis:

It’s a safe bet that Ben Affleck, who directed and stars in Argo, didn’t conceive the movie as a salute to American-Canadian relations. But seeing it on my first day here in ever-lovely Toronto added an extra bounce to this nifty and suspenseful blend of Carter-era grit and La-La-Land uproariousness, since Argo does feature a heroic Canadian ambassador (Victor Garber) who successfully hid a half-dozen understandably rattled U.S. embassy employees inside his Teheran official residence, during the 1979 hostage crisis.
Read the full review here.

    Excited to see this movie, which is based on a Wired article written by Baghdad Country Club author Joshuah Bearman.

    gq:

    Toronto Film Festival: Tom Carson reviews Argo

    Tom Carson reviews Argo, Ben Affleck’s take on the 1979 Iran hostage crisis:

    It’s a safe bet that Ben Affleck, who directed and stars in Argo, didn’t conceive the movie as a salute to American-Canadian relations. But seeing it on my first day here in ever-lovely Toronto added an extra bounce to this nifty and suspenseful blend of Carter-era grit and La-La-Land uproariousness, since Argo does feature a heroic Canadian ambassador (Victor Garber) who successfully hid a half-dozen understandably rattled U.S. embassy employees inside his Teheran official residence, during the 1979 hostage crisis.

    Read the full review here.