The Best Book on Iraq Yet: Dexter Filkins’ The Forever War, by Daniel N. White

by Daniel N. White
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Sept. 16, 2009

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The Forever War, by Dexter Filkins, is perhaps the best book written to date by an American news reporter about the American military adventures under Bush II.  A majority of his competition, it must be said, is some of the worst second-rate hackwork cranked out that ever wasted forest resources in cashing in quick and to kiss up to the Army or the Republicans.  Still, he’s got some decent competition–Ricks, Chakandrasan, Packer, Wright–they’ve all turned up fair or better books so far.  Filkins takes the prize, however, for having the cojones to say in his book many of the unpleasant truths about American actions in the war zones.  Honesty is always the best policy for reporters too, and honesty in reporting starts with honesty about yourself. Continue reading