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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Sep 22, Steve Horton rated it it was amazing Shelves: You are constantly asking yourself if what you ear seeing is real, if it is what you think it is, if it will last. I can’t imagine living that way, but so many have and do.

Too much death, too much pain, too much destruction, too ugly. 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.

Just awr moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Filkins senses an ‘animal tension’ in the air and readies himself for a gunfight.

You must have strong opinions about the war on terror, and both the Iraq war and the way in which operations in Afghanistan have been conducted. 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.

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There are regular people in Afghanistan and Iraq that view us favorably. The book does not task the reasons we are there. To show the world that these are human beings, desperate to survive, with equal right as anyone else to do so. It works as fiction works, implicitly. And then you go back to the hotel and turn on the TV, and some retired colonel in a studio in New York is telling you what happened in Iraq today.

Filkins is less enamoured than Herr of the common soldiery “there wasn’t any point sentimentalising these kids,” he says; “they were trained killers after all” and he spends more time with those Afghans and Iraqis dragged into the war by habit or chance. I don’t cry when I read books, but I was all out bawle Do yourself a favor and read this book. Please try again later. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. You get close and come out unscathed every time, your face as youthful and as untroubled as before.

View all 62 comments. She put her pen in the middle and made a dot. Want to Read saving…. About The Forever War From the front lines of the battle against Islamic fundamentalism, a searing, unforgettable audiobook that captures the human essence of the greatest conflict of our time. Instead, the book’s focus is much more narrow.

We embark on a foot patrol through the shadowy streets of Ramadi, venture into a torture chamber run by Saddam Hussein.

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Like Laika in Sputnik. The Forever War is wqr classic. But now it is different. Here is book that is wholly better than the author. We go into the homes of suicide bombers, meet Iraqi insurgents, and an American captain who loses a quarter of his men in eight days. They prefer new forms of torture -the electric drill being one of their favorites.


Filkins is excellent too when he settles long enough among the mayhem to focus on individuals.

As one Iraqi put Chaos, cruelty, hopelessness: It was extraordinary, the things I witnessed. Others are in the middle of fire I withheld a star despite my belief that this book MUST be read; read today.

Review: The Forever War by Dexter Filkins

Nor does he speculate on what he does not see. The Forever War [is] about all cilkins, everywhere—and a book that will be read fifty years from now. Please try again later. The first chapter of the book takes place inat the Kabul Sports Stadium, at a public execution carried about by the Taliban on a Friday afternoon.

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It has a familiarity that makes us believe we understand what it is all about. If you were a novelist you could not—you would not—invent him. When he accompanies the US Forrver or army on vexter 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”. To my mind, this war is a brutal folly, an unforgivable example of American hubris.