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The Forever War by Dexter Filkins
In The Forever War, New York Times reporter Dexter Filkins delivers a series of vignettes from his experiences in Afghanistan while the Taliban were in power, at Ground Zero in New York, and from covering the war in Iraq. He's witnessed public amputations and executions by the Taliban, soldiers and civilians killed in battle, children playing in war zones, and violence and revenge begetting violence and revenge in a country that the American military and politicians claim to understand while it's obvious that they don't comprehend it at all. The Forever War has received positive reviews with the Cleveland Plain dealer saying, "The ominously titled book by New York Times foreign corespondent Dexter Filkins is fascinating and revealing, not to mention horrifying. Filkins provides a you-are-there array of bloody snapshots from his nine years in the Middle East and South Asia. His raw vignettes are a must-read for anyone trying to understand the devastation that is Iraq and Afghanistan."
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