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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Two marines had pulled him out, Goggin one of filkns, choking and coughing. If you feel you’d like to know a whole lot more about America’s current war s in the Islamic heartland Please, just read this book. There are less dangerous posts to be had in the world of reporting — why did you choose to go to Afghanistan and Iraq? What does it feel like? Topics Politics books The Observer.

Start reading The Forever War on your Kindle in under a minute. The versions of conflict we consume tend to be regimented, organised and packaged in a way that belies its torever nature. As dezter the title, I should say: You were based in Afghanistan inlong before it was really in the news as far as many Americans were concerned.

Threatened religions have always been intolerant, with no exceptions. His writing is one of the scant good things to come out of the war. While it is a book that no doubt Filkins hopes will sell, I don’t think he’s frever to sell a view of this war to the left or to the right. Through the eyes of Filkins, a foreign correspondent for the New York Timeswe witness the rise of the Taliban in the s, the frever of the attack on New York on September 11th, and the American wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

War is human drama at its most epic and most intense.

The Forever War by Dexter Filkins

Good shit happens too, fikkins it needs nurturing, time, and a whole pile o’ shit-ass luck, especially when what was broken is used to seeing it all go down through a different set of goggles. The Forever War is peerless—a classic. View all 62 comments. The book is kind of all over the place, various stories that don’t really follow any sequence per se other than the descent and dest An amazing book.


Filkins illustrates how it is beyond the comprehension of most Americans how the Iraqis can accept their aid and money on one hand and then hate, betray and murder them on the other.

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I have read most of their works. Yet there’s one important difference: It’s hard-going at times, but it’s absolutely essential, I think.

Maybe more on this later Are you still in touch with servicemen and women you were embedded with, or any Iraqis you met there? 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?

Dec 10, Emily rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oct 28, Buck rated it it was amazing Shelves: Instead, he has written a book that is about the workings of war itself.

Iraq was Chalabi and Chalabi was Iraq—mercurial and manic and many-layered—all those things. Doesn’t always have to, but the dial leans that way. I can imagine some using it as a defence of the invasions – the countries were broken before we arrived – but for most of us filkihs experience Afghanistan or Iraq only from news footage, Filkins’s compassionate and unvarnished book is a vitally important one.

For Filkins it’s a bit more complicated than that, and I can only admire what he’s accomplished. I’m not sure it’s possible to communicate without it. There was lots of laughter. Sad, brutal, spiritual, unbelievable, violent, mind-numbing are all adjectives that aptly describe this book. The book is kind of all forver the place, various stories that don’t really follow any sequence per se other than the descent and destruction of civilization in both countries told chronologically from a time perspective.

But the war one sees as an eyewitness is less complete than any of the media’s constructions, with the observer’s position inevitably confused, partial and unbalanced.


A voice of reason amid the carnage

The Forever War [is] about all wars, everywhere—and a book that will be read fifty years from now. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

Yet there are also wonderful moments where those who oppose the war will have to face how much good we did and still do.

Thus what might be a fault with Dexter Filkins’s The Forever War – that the reader is sometimes confronted by the feeling that, for all the urgency and skill of his writing, he has not quite succeeded in editing his experiences into an entirely satisfactory whole; that he has downloaded everything because every moment seemed of equal importance – seems a minor criticism in the face of the daunting task he has set himself.

For Filkins, it’s not about the sweeping big picture, it’s all about the individuals. It folded in so nicely with the rapture and the end of times.

Open Preview See a Problem? Sorry if this sounds like a mess as a result. Once again, the heart of Iraq is the details: The Forever War is like a pointillist Seurat, a neo-Impressionist juxtaposition of spots of pure color with black holes and open wounds.

Review: The Forever War by Dexter Filkins

Mainly Filkins describes his situations and leaves his readers the job of foever. You go into these places and they are overrated, they are not nearly as dangerous as people say. A collection of the best contributions and reports from the Telegraph focussing on the key events, decisions and moments in Churchill’s life. Whether you oppose the war foever support it, stereotypes are in danger here.

We have broken our sword because the only blow we could strike was against the ancient rock of hatred. Already, the Iraq War is fading from our memory. Where is it going?