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The Forever War by Dexter Filkins
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May 20, 09

bookshelves: non-fiction, history, journalism, war
Read in May, 2009

Terrific. My only complaint is that the story ends before more current events, such as the Surge, take place. (I’d love to read Filkins on-the-ground take on that.) However, there is a moment late in the book where Filkins interviews an Iraqi terrorist who is getting more than a bit sick of Al-Qaeda (the "foreigners") killing fellow Iraqis. It's something of a sea change, since the result is an ordered hit against two Al-Qaeda gunmen. I was also hoping for more on Afghanistan, probably because it's in the news a lot now. But these are not reasonable complaints, and Filkins probably spent more time in Iraq than most. The Forever War is probably the most personal of all the Iraq accounts I've read so far. And so far the best. Maybe more on this later...

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