The Forever War

The Forever War


By (author) Dexter Filkins

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 200mm x 22mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 2 June 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0307279448
  • ISBN 13: 9780307279446
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 67,202

Product description

National Bestseller Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award A New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year One of the Best Books of the Year: New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Boston Globe, and Time An instant classic of war reporting, The Forever War is the definitive account of America's conflict with Islamic fundamentalism and a searing exploration of its human costs. Through the eyes of Filkins, a foreign correspondent for the New York Times, we witness the rise of the Taliban in the 1990s, 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. Brilliant and fearless, The Forever War is not just about America's wars after 9/11, but about the nature of war itself.

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Author information

Dexter Filkins, a foreign correspondent for "The New""York Times," has covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001. Before that, he worked for the "Los Angeles Times," where he was chief of the paper's New Delhi bureau, and for "The""Miami Herald." In 2009, he was part of a team of "Times "reporters who won a Pulitzer Prize for covering Afghanistan and Pakistan. He has received a George Polk Award and two Overseas Press Club awards. Most recently, he was a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University. He lives in New York City.

Review quote

"Stunning. . . . This unforgettable narrative represents . . . a haunting spiritual witness that will make this volume a part of this awful war's history." --Robert Stone, "The New York Times""Book Review" "Filkins makes us see, with almost hallucinogenic immediacy, the true human meaning and consequences of the "war on terror." --"The New York Times" "Unflinching. . . . Filkins confronts the absurdity of war head-on. . . . This is a page-turner, and one of the most astounding books yet written about the war in Iraq." --"Time" "Thanks to one reporter's heroic act of witness and brilliant recitation of what he saw, we can see the war¬ as it is, and for ourselves." --"Los Angeles Times" "Not since Michael Herr in "Dispatches" . . . has a reporter written as vividly about combat as Filkins does from Afghanistan and Iraq." --"USA Today" 10 Best Books of 2008 "The Forever War . . . achieves a gripping, raw immediacy." --"The Boston Globe"'s Year's Best Books "Splendid." --"Washington Post Book World" Best Nonfiction of 2008 "Dexter Filkins's The Forever War is the best piece of war journalism I've ever read. He paints a portrait of war that is so nuanced, so filled with absurdities and heartbreak and unexpected heroes and villains, that it makes most of what we see and hear about Iraq and Afghanistan seem shrill and two-dimensional by comparison. And yet, as tragic as the events he describes are, the book manages to be a thing of towering beauty." --Dave Eggers, "Guardian" Best Books of the Year "The Forever War is already a classic-it has the timeless feel of all great war literature. Dexter Filkins's combination of courage and sensitivity is so rare that books like his come along only once every major war. This one is ours." --George Packer, author of "The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq" "Dexter Filkins is the preeminent war correspondent of my generation, fearless, compassionate, and brutally honest. The Forev