You know how there are some books you feel set the bar for every other book within that topic/genre? This is how I felt when I was finished with The F...moreYou know how there are some books you feel set the bar for every other book within that topic/genre? This is how I felt when I was finished with The Forever War. I felt like this was the book I should've started with when I began reading accounts from Iraq & Afghanistan, not the one to come at very nearly the end of the books I have bought so far, although to compare the other books I quite enjoyed on this subject to The Forever War would be wrong too. Because the other books I've read have been mostly military men writing about their time -- usually no more than a few months or a year at most -- in Iraq.
The Forever War, however, gives a look at all stages of the war & occupation, from its beginning to end, glimpses of the different and changing views carried by the Iraqi civilians, American military and insurgents. Dexter Filkins did an outstanding job with this book -- his writing carries a personal and anguished tone, much more so than you'd expect considering the tone usually desired from a reporter, but it is just this that makes the book so much more real and, in my opinion, better than the others I've read.
I consider this book a 'must-read'. Not just for those interested in the Iraqi war, although for them especially, but for everyone. I think it carries something in it from which everyone could learn & carry on with them. (less)