Two pre-eminent war correspondents offer a visceral understanding of America's overseas involvement -- from the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan to the heat of the battle in Iraq, from Marine battalions in Ramadi to ordinary Iraqis whose voices have remained eerily silent- ALOUD at the Los Angeles Public Library
Farnaz Fassihi is the deputy bureau chief of Middle East and Africa for The Wall Street Journal and the author of Waiting for An Ordinary Day.
This book is a memoir of her four years covering the Iraq war and witnessing the unraveling of life for Iraqi citizens.
Dexter Filkins joined The New Yorker in January and has reported from Yemen and Afghanistan. Previously, he was at the Times, where he won a Pulitzer Prize as part of a team covering Afghanistan and Pakistan. He has received two George Polk Awards and three Overseas Press Club Awards. His book, The Forever War, won a National Book Critics Circle Award.
New York Times correspondent Dexter Filkins recalls driving into Iraq the day after the fall of Saddam Hussein and his surprise to find a country that, instead of acting free and liberated, resembled "breaking into a mental institution."
Journalists Farnaz Fassihi and Dexter Filkins describe the dangerous and stressful conditions reporters are forced to endure while working in Baghdad, as well as the drastic security measures needed to protect their safety.
Dexter Filkins reads an excerpt from his book The Forever War, in which a military captain describes distracting men in Iraqi villages during gun searches by staging fake auctions to sell a blond female soldier.