Book – The Forever War

There are history books, and there are history books about wars. Committing history into a narrative about a war – the belligerent parties, combatants, events, defeats and victories, and the so-called collateral damages – like it or not, is much as telling about what is known as what is unknown. Morever, reading such history is akin to looking through the prism of the historian, and as Sir Winston Churchill once remarked, “History is written by the victors.”

Modern media coverage of wars has also meant that events unfold 24/7 and in almost real time brought to our living room. Yet these reported “events” do not paint the whole, or even the true picture, for media, replete with its own (be it ideological, political or national) leanings as well as the self-imposed standards of censorship, will mould what is broadcasted. Thus, seldom do ordinary people learn or know about the unfolding private histories of those involved in these conflicts, or as the New York times says, the culture of a war.

In the book, The Forever War, Dexter Filkins recounts what he saw and learned as a N.Y. Times reporter on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as his experiences on 9/11 at ground zero. Filkins is no ordinary reporter, being part of the team of New York Times reporters which won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009.

War is about people suffering and dying. This books tells it as it is, unencumbered with the desire to tell who is right and who is wrong,


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