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The Forever War

Filkins, Dexter

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ISBN 10: 0307266397 / ISBN 13: 9780307266392
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2008
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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368pp. From copyright page: "Published September 17, 2008/ Second printing September 2008". Tan boards with dark grey cloth spine and silver lettering. Light crease beginning on half-title page through p. 14, diminishing with distance through text--perhaps caused by accident, during the signing; else Fine. Yellowish dustwrapper with yellow-filtered photograph of helicopter above a dark smoke explosion on the ground; horizontal 1 7/8" orange band across middle of front cover; not price-clipped. Flatsigned by author on title page. "Signed by the Author" sticker of 1" on front cover. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 001534

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Title: The Forever War

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Flatsigned by Author

Edition: First Edition, Second Printing.

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From the front lines of the battle against Islamic fundamentalism, a searing, unforgettable book that captures the human essence of the greatest conflict of our time.

Through the eyes of Dexter Filkins, the prizewinning New York Times correspondent whose work was hailed by David Halberstam as “reporting of the highest quality imaginable,” we witness the remarkable chain of events that began with the rise of the Taliban in the 1990s, continued with the attacks of 9/11, and moved on to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Filkins’s narrative moves across a vast and various landscape of amazing characters and astonishing scenes: deserts, mountains, and streets of carnage; a public amputation performed by Taliban; children frolicking in minefields; skies streaked white by the contrails of B-52s; a night’s sleep in the rubble of Ground Zero.

We embark on a foot patrol through the shadowy streets of Ramadi, venture into a torture chamber run by Saddam Hussein. We go into the homes of suicide bombers and into street-to-street fighting with a battalion of marines. We meet Iraqi insurgents, an American captain who loses a quarter of his men in eight days, and a young soldier from Georgia on a rooftop at midnight reminiscing about his girlfriend back home. A car bomb explodes, bullets fly, and a mother cradles her blinded son.

Like no other book, The Forever War allows us a visceral understanding of today’s battlefields and of the experiences of the people on the ground, warriors and innocents alike. It is a brilliant, fearless work, not just about America’s wars after 9/11, but ultimately about the nature of war itself.

About the Author:

Dexter Filkins, a foreign correspondent for The New York Times, has covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001. Before that, he worked for the Los Angeles Times, where he was chief of the paper’s New Delhi bureau, and for The Miami Herald. He has been a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize and a winner of a George Polk Award and two Overseas Press Club awards. Most recently, he was a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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