Dahr Jamail, the son of a grocer, abandoned his job as a mountain guide in Alaska to become an independent journalist in Iraq. He has written one book already, Beyond the Green Zone, and plans to write another this summer. According to Stephen Moss in The Guardian, "This time [the book will be] on [the] resistance to the war within the US military, based on the stories of soldiers he has met who engaged in sabotage and fake patrols (called "search and avoid" missions) to hamper the war effort. Then he plans to return to the Middle East and maybe even to Iraq, if the security situation allows him at least some degree of freedom to report. The return to the mountains will have to wait; his heart now is in the desert."
Donations to Jamail's efforts can be made here.