The Forever War by Dexter Filkins audiobook

The Forever War

By Dexter Filkins
Read by Dexter Filkins

Random House Audio 9780307266392
5.85 Hours 1
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From the front lines of the battle against Islamic fundamentalism, a searing, unforgetable audiobook that captures the human essence of the greatest conflict of our time. Through the eyes of Dexter Filkins, the prize-winning New York Times correspondent, 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: a public amputation performed by Taliban, children frolicking in minefields, skies streaked white by the contrails of B-52’s, a night’s sleep in the rubble of Ground Zero. We venture into a torture chamber run by Saddam Hussein. We go into the homes of suicide bombers, meet Iraqi insurgents, and an American captain who loses a quarter of his men in eight days. Like no other audiobook, 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.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

Winner of the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction

Winner of the 2008 Cornelius Ryan Award

Winner of the 2009 Colby Award

A 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Current Interest

A 2008 New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year

New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction, 2008

A 2008 USA Today Best Book for Nonfiction

A 2008 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Nonfiction

A 2008 Washington Post Best Book for Nonfiction

A 2008 Los Angeles Times Best Book for Nonfiction

A 2008 Guardian Best Book of the Year for Nonfiction

A 2008 Boston Globe Book of the Year for Nonfiction

Selected for the October 2008 Indie Next List

A 2008 ALA Notable Book for Nonfiction

From the front lines of the battle against Islamic fundamentalism, a searing, unforgetable audiobook that captures the human essence of the greatest conflict of our time. Through the eyes of Dexter Filkins, the prize-winning New York Times correspondent, 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: a public amputation performed by Taliban, children frolicking in minefields, skies streaked white by the contrails of B-52’s, a night’s sleep in the rubble of Ground Zero. We venture into a torture chamber run by Saddam Hussein. We go into the homes of suicide bombers, meet Iraqi insurgents, and an American captain who loses a quarter of his men in eight days. Like no other audiobook, 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Stunning…This unforgettable narrative represents…a haunting spiritual witness that will make this volume a part of this awful war’s history.” New York Times Book Review
“Unflinching…Filkins confronts the absurdity of war head-on…This is a page-turner, and one of the most astounding books yet written about the war in Iraq.” Time
“Thanks to one reporter’s heroic act of witness and brilliant recitation of what he saw, we can see the war as it is, and for ourselves.” Los Angeles Times
“Not since Michael Herr in Dispatches…has a reporter written as vividly about combat as Filkins does from Afghanistan and Iraq.” USA Today
The Forever War…achieves a gripping, raw immediacy.” Boston Globe
“Splendid.” Washington Post Book World
“Dexter Filkins’s The Forever War is the best piece of war journalism I’ve ever read. He paints a portrait of war that is so nuanced, so filled with absurdities and heartbreak and unexpected heroes and villains, that it makes most of what we see and hear about Iraq and Afghanistan seem shrill and two-dimensional by comparison. And yet, as tragic as the events he describes are, the book manages to be a thing of towering beauty.” Guardian
“Dexter Filkins’s The Forever War, brutally intimate, compassionate, often poetic accounts of the battle against Islamic fundamentalism, is destined to become a classic.” Vanity Fair
“Extraordinary…If what Michael Herr brought back from Vietnam in Dispatches was a sort of Jackson Pollock—streaks of blood, trickles of dread, splattershot of hard rock and harder drugs—The Forever War is like a pointillist Seurat, a neo-Impressionist juxtaposition of spots of pure color with black holes and open wounds.” Harper’s
“The definitive—and heartbreakingly humanizing—report from the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan…The Forever War [is] about all wars, everywhere—and a book that will be read fifty years from now.” GQ
“Dexter Filkins is one of war writings’ modern marvels, a writer of tremendous gifts and appropriate grit to go where others will not.” Associated Press
“A kaleidoscope of images and intensity…It is written in finely honed bursts of vibrant color that capture the peculiar culture of the war…It is a raw and riveting account…His honesty in portraying the war implicitly exposes the hollowness of the platitudes used in Washington to defend it.” Philadelphia Inquirer
“Rich with details both grotesque and sublime…The Forever War is a masterpiece of nuance.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Dexter Filkins…is well on his way to becoming the preeminent war reporter of this tumultuous era…His understated prose offers a stiletto-sharp account of places he’s gone and people he’s met.” Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“Wonderfully written and carefully researched…Filkins’s meticulous attention to detail and his bravery…[are] evident on every page…The Forever War…serves as a powerful lesson in what it takes to cover the complexities of war…[Dexter Filkins] has put himself in the middle of this madness to deliver a stunning and illuminating story.” Christian Science Monitor

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Author

Author Bio: Dexter Filkins

Author Bio: Dexter Filkins

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. In 2009, he was part of a team of Times reporters who won a Pulitzer Prize for covering Afghanistan and Pakistan. He lives in New York City.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 5.85
Audience: Adult
Language: English