The Forever War

The Forever War

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From the front lines of the battle against Islamic fundamentalism, a searing, unforgetable audiobook that captures the human essence of the greatest conflict of our time. Through the eyes of Dexter Filkins, the prize-winning "New York Times" correspondent, we witness the remarkable chain of events that began with the rise of the Taliban in the 1990s, continued with the attacks of 9/11, and moved on to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Filkins's narrative moves across a vast and various landscape of amazing characters and astonishing scenes: a public amputation performed by Taliban, children frolicking in minefields, skies streaked white by the contrails of B-52's, a night's sleep in the rubble of Ground Zero. We venture into a torture chamber run by Saddam Hussein. 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. Like no other audiobook, "The Forever War" allows us a visceral understanding of today's battlefields and of the experiences of the people on the ground, warriors and innocents alike. It is a brilliant, fearless work, not just about America's wars after 9/11, but ultimately about the nature of war itself.show more

Product details

  • CD-Audio | 5 pages
  • 130 x 148 x 26mm | 158.76g
  • Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • United States
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Abridged
  • 073937060X
  • 9780739370605

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"Harrowingly detailed . . . Filkins makes us see, with almost hallucinogenic immediacy, the true human meaning and consequences of the 'war on terror.'" -"The New York Times" 10 Best Books of 2008 "The gaping wounds of Iraq and Afghanistan have produced a torrent of words, but no single volume so far has the precision and power of "The Forever War" . . . Filkins' set pieces have the absolute clarity of lightning flashes that burn away the fog of war." -"Time" Best Nonfiction Books of 2008 "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 "Filkins's meticulously constructed vignettes . . . illuminate and humanize the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan." "-Los Angeles Times "Favorite Books 2008 ""The Forever War" . . . achieves a gripping, raw immediacy." -"The Boston Globe"'s Year's Best Books "Splendid." -"Washishow more

About Dexter Filkins

Dexter Filkins, a foreign correspondent for The New York Times, has covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001. He has been a finalist for a Pulitzer and a winner of 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.show more

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