The Forever War

  • by Dexter Filkins
  • Narrated by Dexter Filkins
  • 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the front lines of the battle against Islamic fundamentalism, a searing, unforgettable 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..


What the Critics Say

"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)
"Filkins . . . is widely regarded as among the finest war correspondents of this generation. His richly textured book . . . does not editorialize - a welcome change from the punditry that shapes most writing from these war zones." (Publishers Weekly)
"Unvarnished and unforgettable." (Esquire)


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Customer Reviews

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In a world where we all understand that something went wrong, this book gives us an insight of the reasons and obliges us to wonder what are our responsibilities and ways of changing for the better our common future.
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- jean-louis jaumin

Good war story

It reads like fiction! Wow!
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- Santiago

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-16-2008
  • Publisher: Random House Audio