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Publisher Comments:

From the front lines of the battle against Islamic fundamentalism, a searing, unforgettable book that captures the human essence of the greatest conflict of our time.

Through the eyes of Dexter Filkins, the prizewinning New York Times correspondent whose work was hailed by David Halberstam as “reporting of the highest quality imaginable,” 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: deserts, mountains, and streets of carnage; a public amputation performed by Taliban; children frolicking in minefields; skies streaked white by the contrails of B-52s; a night’s sleep in the rubble of Ground Zero.

We embark on a foot patrol through the shadowy streets of Ramadi, venture into a torture chamber run by Saddam Hussein. We go into the homes of suicide bombers and into street-to-street fighting with a battalion of marines. 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. A car bomb explodes, bullets fly, and a mother cradles her blinded son.

Like no other book, 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.

Synopsis:

An award-winning New York Times correspondent furnishes a firsthand account of the battle against Islamic fundamentalism, from the rise of the Taliban in the 1990s, to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, to the modern-day wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, offering a compelling study of the people involved from all sides of the conflict. 150,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author

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. He has been a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize 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. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Introduction — Only this — Forebodings — New York — Jang — Broken hearts — Expectant — Gone forever : video : the kiss — A hand in the air : blonde — Kicking ass : view from the air — The man within — Kill yourself : cloud : Mogadishu — Pearland Habibi — Vanishing — Communiques — Just talking — The Mahdi — Proteus id — Communiques — The revolution devours its own : the normal — The labyrinthe : orange moon — Fuck us — The boss — The turning — The departed — Epilogue : laika.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307270344
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Subject:
History : Military - Persian Gulf War (1991)
Author:
Filkins, Dexter
Author:
Dexter Filkins
Subject:
Military - Persian Gulf War (1991)
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Subject:
Iraq War, 2003
Subject:
Military - Persian Gulf War
Subject:
Audio Books-Military
Subject:
Military-General History
Subject:
Military-Gulf Wars
Subject:
Military-Recent Military History
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080916
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
368

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » Military » Gulf Wars
History and Social Science » Military » Iraq War (2003-)
History and Social Science » Politics » General

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Product details 368 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307270344 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , An award-winning New York Times correspondent furnishes a firsthand account of the battle against Islamic fundamentalism, from the rise of the Taliban in the 1990s, to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, to the modern-day wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, offering a compelling study of the people involved from all sides of the conflict. 150,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , 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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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