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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Explore the Home Gift Guide. Goulden, The Washington Times. 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. Read the John Leonard review in Harper’s; his work is becoming ever more self-parodic, with long, long lists of whatever substituting for reviews.

Instead, like a meaningful piece of art, he captures what war is – past, present and future: Whenever I went home to filmins U. After that he is back in Afghanistan, with the Northern Alliance, many of dexted he knew when they had been Talibs. It kind of jumped out at me, presented itself.

For Filkins, resting as he does in a negative capability rare among journalists, that very ambiguity is the point: For those who do this summary is a must.

Elsewhere, his observations and insights ring remarkably true.

Review: The Forever War by Dexter Filkins

They embrace, greet each other, and vow to spend more time together. US soldiers, Iraqis and Taliban, civilians and fighters emerge from the chaos, victims and killers alike. In the Acknowledgments section he closes by saying, “I fared better than many of the people I wrote about in this book; yet even so, over the course of the events depicted here, I lost the person I cared for the most.


Gilkins can’t remember who recommended this book, so I don’t know who to thank There is some coverage of Afghanistan, before and after the US invasion, and one particularly effecting chapter Whoof. I offer three of my favorite quotations from the book below.

Dexter Filkin’s account is engaging as it is illuminating. Filkins has the devil’s own luck, though, not just in the number of times he escapes death, but where he is when something important happens. Sending signals back to base, unmoored and weightless and no longer keeping time.

I can vote without having my life threatened or endangered. Are the Iraqis five years at the time of writing after the Bush invasion better off? When he accompanies the US Marines or army on missions such as the assault on Falluja, he doesn’t narrate in the first person plural, instead remains passive and neutral throughout – his countrymen are “the Americans”.

But the stories of misery and despair from This is a series of vignettes no doubt culled from NYT correspondent Forfver Filkins’ notebooks. Dexter Filkins ground level accounts of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq bring a visceral immediacy to what is going on over there.

Sep 16, Minutes. Sad, brutal, spiritual, unbelievable, violent, mind-numbing are all adjectives that aptly describe this book.

It is something I have wanted to do for a long time. But neither does Filkins. This though is a tale of war without dexrer – quoting a Greek philosopher, filkisn the dead have seen the end of war”.

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What the hell is this? Well, it WAS crazy. The Forever War is a masterpiece of nuance. Sep 22, Steve Horton rated it it was amazing Shelves: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, to Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. I wouldn’t hesitate to use it in a classroom. The Forever War doesn’t give a chronological time line of the war on terror, or even a history or reason for the conflict up to this point. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.


The Forever War is his astonishing story. Apr 04, Naeem rated it really liked it Recommended to Naeem by: They told me everything.

A voice of reason amid the carnage

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? Today, the reverse is true.

Flikins must have made your reporting complicated. I was also hoping for more on Afghanistan, probably because it’s in the news a lot now.

If you were a novelist you could not—you would not—invent him. For example, he doesn’t editorialize an interview with an Iraqi jihadist.

I have sort of a compulsive brain so whenever I decide to study anything I generally try to adopt a systematic plan: I want to show people what it feels like to be in Iraq and Afghanistan: 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.

There are regular people in Afghanistan and Iraq that view us favorably. He explores themes and focuses on the individuals involved.