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The Forever War by Dexter Filkins
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Mar 13, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: read-in-2009
Read in April, 2009

Below is one of the many passages from this book that dug itself into my brain and refuses to go away:

"In places like Dora, Gazaliya, and Sadiya, the insurgents had taken to killing the garbagemen. It seemed strange at first that they would do that, kill a man who collected the trash. Then they started killing the bakers. In those places, naturally enough, the garbage piled up in the streets, heaps of it, mountains of it, and there wasn't any bread. Then they started killing the teachers, and the teachers stopped going to the schools. And the children stopped going, of course. So: no bread and no schools and mountains of trash. Ingenious, I guess, if you wanted to stop the functioning of a neighborhood."

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