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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: A Photographer's Chronicle of the Iraq War
Arriving in Iraq on the eve of the U.S. invasion, unaffiliated with any newspaper and hoping to pick up assignments along the way, Ashley Gilbertson was one of the first photojournalists to cover the disintegration of America’s military triumph as looting and score settling convulsed Iraqi cities. Just twenty-five years old at the time, Gilbertson soon landed a contract wi ...more
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by University Of Chicago Press
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I was fortunate enough to come across this book at the Photographic Resource Center in Boston. I didn't know it at the time, but "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" stands for "What the Fuck?" These words are perfect not only to describe the contents of the book, but of course the entire U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq. I don't know if "refreshing" is an appropriate word to use, but the book stands in stark contrast to images from Iraq that make it through the mainstream media filter. Gilbertson is bra ...more
An excellent companion to Filpin's "The Forever War" as Gilbertson and Filpin spent time together in Irag and reflect on a couple of the same incidents. Fine writing and striking photos. I think this book should be required reading for Bush, Cheney, and all those other men that created the Iraq war. Don't miss it.
CAVEAT: I've met Ashley on a few occasions and know him professionally via work. That said, I envy Ashley Gilbertson's talent and opportunity and am grateful for the look into his journey. These photographs serve as an important witness and jarred me out of my comfort zone. Highly recommended.
Jan 05, 2008 Sally rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in the Iraq war.
Gives you a good feel for being in Iraq from the beginning of the war. The pictures are great, but looking at them after reading the author's description of events makes them many times more moving. An important book.