Look Inside. Sep 23, Minutes Buy. Sep 16, Minutes Buy. Through the eyes of Filkins, a foreign correspondent for the New York Times , we 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.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Forever War by Dexter Filkins. From the front lines of the battle against Islamic fundamentalism, a searing, unforgettable book that captures the human essence of the greatest conflict of our time.
We embark on a foot patrol through the shadowy streets of Ramadi, venture into a torture chamber run by Saddam Hussein. We go into the homes of suicide bombers and into street-to-street fighting with a battalion of marines. We meet Iraqi insurgents, an American captain who loses a quarter of his men in eight days, and a young soldier from Georgia on a rooftop at midnight reminiscing about his girlfriend back home. A car bomb explodes, bullets fly, and a mother cradles her blinded son.
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Is this a book for teens? Nate Hill This is a true account of the conflicts and politics of Afghanistan and Iraq and there are graphic depictions of violence. That being said I think eve …more This is a true account of the conflicts and politics of Afghanistan and Iraq and there are graphic depictions of violence. That being said I think everyone should read it. See all 7 questions about The Forever War…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters.
Sort order. Start your review of The Forever War. Nov 16, Will Byrnes rated it it was amazing Shelves: the-bush-administration , nonfiction , journalism , history , military-and-intelligence-non-fic , american-history , biography , brain-candy , terrorism , memoir. The book is comprised of many short passages, images of participants, of events, that offer a visceral experience of these zones of death, deceit and confusion.
He does not make pronouncements on what he has witnessed, but puts the images out there for the reader to absorb. This is a must read for anyone interested in the reality of 21st century war and 21st century war reporting. One of the old ones, from the nineteenth century, where people were dumped and forgotten. It was like we had pried the doors off and found all these people clutching themselves and burying their heads in the corners and sitting in their own filth. It was useful to think of Iraq this way.
It helped in your analysis. Murder and torture and sadism: it was part of Iraq. The Iraqis would be watching them in silence. Just staring at the screen. There was no sound in the video, but you could see that the man was screaming. None of the Iraqis in the newsroom said anything. I tried to recall these things when I got impatient with the Iraqis. Sometimes, when readers from America sent me e-mails expressing anger at the Iraqis—why are they so ungrateful?
View all 9 comments. Sep 15, Riku Sayuj rated it really liked it Shelves: geo-politix , politics , history-modern , pop-history , war , history , insti-crit , middle-east. The Last War Intolerance is not an intrinsic feature, it is a derived one. Derived from threat. Threatened religions have always been intolerant, with no exceptions.
And threatened societies have always been prone to adopt the militant versions of their religions, hoping to rally for one great push, one blind atrocity before they can resume their daily lives on the other side of the abyss. Media likes to portray this desperate rally as an obscenity, as a characteristic. And that is where brutally The Last War Intolerance is not an intrinsic feature, it is a derived one.
And that is where brutally honest reportage, like Filkins' comes in. To show the world that these are human beings, desperate to survive, with equal right as anyone else to do so. The Forever War Filkins, in this stunning and exceptionally ballsy piece of journalism, captures the continuing desolation of Post-Taliban Afghanistan and post-Saddam Iraq.
Life goes on, obviously. But he also shows how difficult it is for the real people, living inside the event horizon, to see the 'progress' that historians love to see. For them nothing has changed. It is a "Forever War", for survival. Like one woman explains, during those times it was as if one malignant sun rained down hatred on them, but it was possible to escape those deadly rays Life has been a spiral, and it shows no sign of letting up.
Meanwhile a triumphalistic America prepares to "leave them in their own capable hands", having helped them out of tyranny. View all comments. Jan 29, brian rated it really liked it Recommends it for: donald; nobody with a weak stomach. View all 62 comments. Oct 28, Buck rated it it was amazing Shelves: pro-patria-mori. Technically, The Forever War is a work of reportage - magnificent reportage, in fact - but that's not all it is.
For one thing, Filkin's tone is at times more personal, more anguished, than conventional journalism usually allows. For another, the cumulative impact of the pieces is beyond the literary reach of your average hack reporter. I'd suggest, then, that it belongs to that growing subgenre known as survivor literature: traveller's tales, in effect, brought back from a netherworld of human Technically, The Forever War is a work of reportage - magnificent reportage, in fact - but that's not all it is.
I'd suggest, then, that it belongs to that growing subgenre known as survivor literature: traveller's tales, in effect, brought back from a netherworld of human suffering. Filkins spent years in post-invasion Iraq, living entirely outside the Green Zone, and he got to know the country as well as any non-Arabic speaking Westerner could be expected to - and much better, I'd guess, than just about any American official you could name.
What's great about Filkins, though, is his intellectual modesty. He's not afraid to show us his sheer, lip-twiddling confusion in the face of some intractable bit of Iraqi reality, and to use his own incomprehension as an index of the wider myopia besetting the occupation. One instance among dozens: Filkins is interviewing an insurgent whose brother has allegedly been murdered by a rival faction.
Out of nowhere, the leader of that other group comes along and sits down at the next table. Filkins senses an 'animal tension' in the air and readies himself for a gunfight.
The two adversaries spring to their feet and then, with all the fake bonhomie of Long Island party girls, they set to hugging each other and promising to get together some time. Here, as with so many of Filkin's vignettes, there's a sort of invisible, authorial 'wtf' hovering between the lines. Or take his portrait of Ahmad Chalabi, the slippery political operator and former darling of the neo-cons. Filkins honestly doesn't know what to make of him.
Is he an American stooge? An Iranian puppet? A political genius or a cynical rogue? For Filkins, resting as he does in a negative capability rare among journalists, that very ambiguity is the point: It wasn't just that he was brilliant, or nimble, or ruthless, or fun.
When I looked into Chalabi's eyes and saw the doors and mirrors opening and closing, I knew that I was seeing not just the essence of the man but of the country to which he'd returned. L'etat, c'est lui.
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It was named one of the best nonfiction books of the year by among others The New York Times,  Amazon. The book received the Colby Award. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Non-fiction book by Dexter Filkins. The New York Times. December 3, Retrieved May 30,
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