Friday, September 03, 2010

Best books about the Iraq war

The Daily Beast compiled a list of the best books and movies on the Iraq war.

One book on the list:
The Forever War by Dexter Filkins

What Michael Herr’s Dispatches did for Vietnam, veteran correspondent Dexter Filkins’ The Forever War has now done for Iraq. He spent more than a decade reporting from the wars in the Middle East. He witnessed a public execution at a soccer stadium in Kabul, stumbled through the rubble of the World Trade Center on September 11, followed Marines in their brutal battle in Fallujah. "The Forever War lacks a coherent narrative or an abiding argument,” Toby Clements writes for the Telegraph, “but this becomes an illuminating virtue: from the ground, there is no coherence.” The New York Times raved, “Though Filkins does not rejoice in paradoxes, he never seems to miss one either, and the result is a haunting spiritual witness that will make this volume a part of this awful war’s history.”
Read about another book on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue