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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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Presented as a series of vignettes, this book details war from the point of view of those who must slog through it. The Forever War is not a chronological history or a who's who of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Rather Filkins offers tales of civilians, soldiers, and...
Presented as a series of vignettes, this book details war from the point of view of those who must slog through it. The Forever War is not a chronological history or a who's who of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Rather Filkins offers tales of civilians, soldiers, and others caught in a confusing maelstrom of death and destruction. There is no attempt to make ultimate sense of the situation or to explain the logic behind the chaos.

In a broad sense, the book represents a powerful portrayal of any war, any time. However, as an account of the recent Mideast wars specifically, the book brilliantly describes the meltdown of society in Iraq and the failure of authorities to understand it--let alone contain it. Filkins' adventures as a reporter, while at times bordering on the suicidal, capture the ambivalence of many Iraqis about being liberated as well as the isolation of the liberators themselves who stay well-protected inside Bahgdad's Green Zone.

Written with great humanity, The Forever War is easy to read and hard to put down. It's an important book and a must read.

posted by cannonball on March 17, 2009

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3 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

Great reading for Left wingers

I purchased this book not knowing the author. Had a lot of good reviews on the back page but until I got home I didn't realize all the reviews were from far left newspapers and magazines.
Very well written but the anti military (U.S. Military of course) comments throug...
I purchased this book not knowing the author. Had a lot of good reviews on the back page but until I got home I didn't realize all the reviews were from far left newspapers and magazines.
Very well written but the anti military (U.S. Military of course) comments throughout the book made this just another anti U.S. statement by a far left writer , who as usual, thinks he has all the answers to our world problems.
I was wondering through the whole book if he was aiding the enemy during his stay in Iraq. They seems to have a lot of trust in him.

posted by 3066625 on February 24, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2010

    Great reading for Left wingers

    I purchased this book not knowing the author. Had a lot of good reviews on the back page but until I got home I didn't realize all the reviews were from far left newspapers and magazines.
    Very well written but the anti military (U.S. Military of course) comments throughout the book made this just another anti U.S. statement by a far left writer , who as usual, thinks he has all the answers to our world problems.
    I was wondering through the whole book if he was aiding the enemy during his stay in Iraq. They seems to have a lot of trust in him.

    3 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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