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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As he sometimes traveled under the protection of the US Forces, he was able to observe their behavior too. Readers will take from this what they want to find. And that is where brutally honest reportage, like Filkins’ comes in.

He’s in New York on September 11,watching the firemen atop smouldering piles of rubble from the sanctuary of Brooks Brothers. View all comments. Can I get this book for free? In those days I was just mystified by Afghanistan—what it was, where it was going. HardcoverFirst Edition U.

Pressrow by Chris Pearson. The intent here is not to document Iraq’s history during the war, but to provide one man’s very subjective view of it.

It is something I have wanted to do for a long time. Later, he takes up residence in Baghdad’s Green Zone and describes its surreal remoteness from the lives of ordinary Iraqis. Or take his portrait of Ahmad Chalabi, the slippery political operator and former darling of the neo-cons.

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They could spot a fine mind or a tender soul wherever it might be, chase it down and kill it dead. At least I hope it is. He makes no effort to connect them. Still, I found the book compelling.

The sad doe-eyes of the little girl in The Kiss and the sinister adulthood which surrounds her devastatingly sums up the miasma of post-millennial Iraq in a few snatches of brilliant writing.


This blindfolded man – Atiqullah – had killed another man in an irrigation dispute, and both their families were brought to the stadium to see whether they could come to some arrangement.

I am not sure I would turn down a chance for coffee with Filkins, but nor am I sure I wouldn’t have some sharp question I would like to put to him.

But, because he told individual stories and reported moments in time as they happened, very few of his reports are tinged with the burden of hindsight or the sensationalism that I so loathe. A woman in an Iraqi hospital cradles her son newly blinded, and a single tear rolls down her cheek. I used to think he was a genius, but now–adjective, adverb, weird random noun, participle, reference to obscure author–I’m not so sure. Your photographer needed a corpse for the newspaper, so you and a bunch of marines went out to get one.

The Forever War is peerless—a classic. Instead, he writes about his emotions: Sometimes I detested Filkins. Vintage; Reprint edition June 2, Language: This bias comes out especially strongly near the end of the book. There is little hope on display here, but little is not the same as none.

While it is a book that no doubt Filkins hopes will sell, I don’t think he’s trying to sell a view of this war to the left or to the right.

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A typically vivid vignette comes when Filkins visits Taloqan, in the north-east of the country, just after the town has fallen to the Alliance. I helped him get to the U.

It has a familiarity that makes us believe we understand what it is all about. The Forever War is a masterpiece of nuance. Home was far away, a distant place that gobbled up whatever I sent back, ignorant and happy but touchingly hungry to know.

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Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. So I thought we owed to the Iraqis to stick it out and get it right. Yet its reality remains for most of us distant and unreliable. Filkins, like Haldeman, might ask, ‘when will these heart wrenching totally destructive conflicts ever end.


Showing of reviews. He is an extraordinarily able writer, his prose is so sharp it leaves marks on your skin. A collection of the best contributions and reports from the Telegraph focussing on the key events, decisions and moments in Churchill’s life. Filkins clearly has a pair of big, hairy ones considering the situations he wsr himself into voluntarily or haphazardly.

Whole towns are razed as tanks fire point-blank and houses are invaded; meanwhile religious violence, factionalism and intolerance increases. He does not gilkins his loyalty to the U. Crazy is almost a cruel way to describe the events, as that doesn’t capture the very real suffering inflicted on all parties involved, but especially Iraqi civilians. After the US took over, people faced death from every side with no way out. I was mesmerized by this book.

And forevver do ind In many ways this is a very straight-forward account of the American occupation of Iraq. One of the old ones, from the nineteenth century, where people were dumped and forgotten.

When the planes hit the towers on September 11, it all came together. Do you think being out like that — off duty, doing something that many Iraqis thought was a little crazy — wound up giving you a different perspective on things?