The Forever War has ratings and reviews. Will said: This is a bleeding, personal image of real-world horror. Filkins dots his canvas largely in. National BestsellerOne of the Best Books of the Year:New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Boston Globe, and Time An instant. Review: The Forever War by Dexter FilkinsThe drama and urgency of Dexter Filkins’ writing is superb, says Peter Beaumont.

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An instant classic of war reporting, The Forever War is the definitive account of America’s conflict with Islamic fundamentalism and a searing exploration of its human costs. Through the eyes of Filkins, a foreign correspondent for the New York Timeswe witness the rise of the Taliban in the s, the aftermath of the attack on New York on September 11th, and the American wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Filkins is the only American journalist to have reported on all these events, and his experiences are conveyed in a riveting narrative filled with unforgettable characters and astonishing scenes.

This unforgettable narrative represents. Filkins confronts the absurdity of war head-on. This is a page-turner, and one of the most astounding books yet written about the war in Iraq. He paints a portrait of war that is so nuanced, so filled with absurdities and heartbreak and unexpected heroes and villains, that it makes most of what we see and hear about Iraq and Afghanistan seem shrill and two-dimensional by comparison. And yet, as tragic as the events he describes are, the book manages to be a thing of towering beauty.

This one is ours. The Forever War is his astonishing story. It is one of the best books about war that I have ever read. It will stay with me forever. This is a sensational book in the best sense.

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This unforgettable narrative [represents] The Forever War [is] about all wars, everywhere—and a book that will be read fifty years from now. Goulden, The Washington Times. It is written in finely honed bursts of vibrant color that capture the peculiar culture of the war. It is a raw and riveting account. The Forever War is a masterpiece of nuance.

Stannard, The San Francisco Chronicle. His prose is as blunt as it is foreved. Hamilton, The New York Times. The narrative holds together through the power of foeever writing.

The Forever War is an astonishingly good book. It does what a great book about war, loss, politics, and sacrifice should—it moves, shocks, entertains, educates, and inspires. The Forever War is peerless—a classic.

Inhe was part of a team of Filikns reporters who won a Pulitzer Prize for covering Afghanistan and Pakistan. He lives in New York City. Would you like to tell us about dextr lower price?

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Showing of reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a filkisn filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Dexter Filkins spent 3 and a half years in Iraq, from the beginning of the invasion to the sad state of civil war and the collapse of that society resulting from that conflict and was essentially fearless in going where he needed to go and talking to whom he know needed to be interviewed, plus a tern as Embedded Journalist during the Marines storming of Fallujah.

He knew The Story was evolving and he pursued it. He never seemed to have lost the journalist quest for finding all components of The Story; that is the beauty of this book. Do we really want to know? For those who do this summary is wra must. With the recent mess in Syria I decided it was finally time for me to become more informed about the Middle East. Fotever is something I have wanted to do for dezter long time.

I have felt embarrassed for a long time about my lack of understanding of the region, the cultures, the history, and the meaning of current events. I have sort of a compulsive brain so whenever I decide to study anything I generally try to adopt a systematic plan: After the first couple of chapters I was worried that I had made a mistake. I could tell that Dexter Filkins was a good writer, and the narrative was going to be interesting, but it became quickly apparent that the book was forefer to be made up of a series of vignettes, and I was afraid that I dexger not get enough of the context to understand what the vignettes meant.

As I went along, however, I eventually decided this was an excellent place to start precisely because Filkins does such an excellent job portraying the complexities of what actually happened on the ground.

I will just give fogever example.

One of the stories he tells is about a doctor in a hospital in Iraq after the invasion. At the time of his visit the hospital was without power due to the war and a lot of babies were not surviving because of it. Filkins was talking to the doctor about waf and the doctor was explaining how these power outtages did not happen under Saddam. But then Filkins asked the doctor if he thought it would have been better to leave Saddam in power and the doctor said no, things were bad under Saddam, and they would eventually get better now that he was gone.

What was interesting to me about this story was that it did not fall neatly into any of the standard ideological positions on the war in the United States.


It does not fall easily into the pro-war narrative of the US as liberators spreading democracy but it also does not fall easily into the anti-war narrative of the US as a colonial power that should have left well enough alone.

It would be very hard for either side to use foerver story in their propaganda. For that reason – and also because it was just a really absorbing narrative, Filkins knows how to spin a good yarn, and there are many genuinely moving and heart-breaking stories in this book – I wound up feeling like this was actually an ideal place to begin my studies of a very complex fil,ins.

I might even return to it, and read it again, once I do have more of the context just because it was such a good read. I was mesmerized by this book.

I was horrified by this book. Dexter Filkins ground level accounts of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq bring a visceral immediacy to what is going on over there. The book does not task the reasons we are there. It examines the impact this chaos and slaughter has on the lives of the people who still live there and the U. The Shia and the Sunni factions of Islam have fallen on filkkns other like rabid dogs.

That would be far too prosaic. They prefer new forms of torture -the electric dsxter being one of their favorites. The neocons that got us into this war are not stupid. There is veniality in their thinking and an absence of reality.

It is great theory. I have read most of their works. It is hard to imagine that thinkers like Francis Fukuyama did not grasp how horrific the enterprise he was promoting would become. As a country we became victims of our own arrogance. We got caught in the riptide of history at a time when our political leadership was both villainous and vain.

And into that mix there was this ideology, this doctrine that did not want to deal with facts but which had forevsr clarity of a prophecy.

It folded in so nicely with the rapture and the end of times. It worked as the final struggle between good and evil. In so many ways those who produced this hell are no different than their counterparts in Taliban. A new culture has been imposed on us.

A voice of reason amid the carnage

We have broken our sword because the only blow we could strike was against the ancient rock of hatred. Our soldiers are randomly mutilated by suicide bombers and road side bombs. This book brings to mind something Tim Welsh told me about his experience in Viet Nam. The contrast of his eloquence and humanity with the shameless snake-oil salesmanship employed by the American government to get the thing started serves us well.