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One can only hope that Dexter Filkins’ The Forever War does not carry a prophetic title.  He tells his personal experience as a foreign correspondent covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq from 2001 through 2008.  Not a history but rather a personal memoir, the book is more challenging to a reader’s ideas of what can or should be done than any history or policy book is likely to achieve.  The book is honest, direct, relevant, and compassionate where a reader would expect cynicism.

If the reader wants to understand the returning veterans and the war zone populations left behind, this book will face the reader in the right direction.  Filkins’ sense of the enormity of the conflict and his personal honesty prevent him from offering any answers or pushing any agenda.  An honest book about war is worth reading.  Charles Marlin

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