The Forever War by Dexter Filkins

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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 Times, we witness the rise of the Taliban in the 1990s, 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.


Brilliant and fearless, The Forever War is not just about America's wars after 9/11, but about the nature of war itself.

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About Dexter Filkins

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Dexter Filkins, a foreign correspondent for The New York Times, has covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001. Before that, he worked for the Los Angeles Times, where he was chief of the paper's New Delhi bureau, and for The Miami Herald. He has been a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize and a winner of a George Polk Award and two Overseas Press Club awards. Most recently, he was a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Published September 15, 2008 by Vintage. 386 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, War, Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Dexter Filkins’s courageous, at times even foolhardy, reporting from beyond Baghdad’s Green Zone reveals the human side of war.

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With the publication of Dexter Filkins’s stunning book, it seems the journals of correspondents in the Middle East will take their place as the pre-eminent record of America’s late-imperial adventures.

Sep 14 2008 | Read Full Review of The Forever War

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Well, guess what - that little turd just keeps growing and fermenting, it's sprouting claws and fangs and teeth and if we DON'T address it real quick - we'll never escape the dance alive.

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