Dexter Filkins Biography, Age, Education, Wife, Career, Books, Net Worth, New Yoker

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Dexter Filkins Biography

Dexter Filkins whose full name is Dexter Price Filkins was born in  Cincinnati, Ohio on May 24, 1961. He is an American journalist known primarily for his coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for The New York Times. He was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for his dispatches from Afghanistan, and he won a Pulitzer in 2009 as part of a team of Times reporters for their dispatches from Pakistan and Afghanistan. He currently writes for The New Yorker.

Dexter Filkins Age

Filkins who was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 24, 196 is currently  57 years old as of 2019.

Dexter Filkins Education

Filkins received a B.A. in political science from the University of Florida in 1983, and a Master of Philosophy in International relations from Oxford University , where he was a student of St Antony’s College.

Dexter Filkins Wife

Filkins married Ana Menéndez in the year 1995 but the couple got divorced  in  2005.

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Dexter Filkins Career

Before joining the Times in September 2000, Filkins was New Delhi bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times for three years. He reported from The New York Times Baghdad bureau in Iraq from 2003 to 2006. In 2006 to 2007, Filkins was at Harvard University on a Nieman Fellowship in 2007 to 2008, he was a Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Filkins’ book The Forever War, chronicling his experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq, was a New York Times best seller. The Forever War won the National Book Critics Circle Award for best nonfiction book of 2008 and was named one of the best nonfiction books of the year by, among others, the New York Times, Amazon.com, the Washington Post,Time and the Boston Globe. Filkins joined The New Yorker in 2011.

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The Forever War

time.Through the eyes of Dexter Filkins, the prizewinning New York Times correspondent whose work was hailed by David Halberstam as “reporting of the highest quality imaginable,” 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: deserts, mountains, and streets of carnage; a public amputation performed by Taliban; children frolicking in minefields; skies streaked white by the contrails of B-52s; a night’s sleep in the rubble of Ground Zero. We embark on a foot patrol through the shadowy streets of Ramadi, venture into a torture chamber run by Saddam Hussein. We go into the homes of suicide bombers and into street-to-street fighting with a battalion of marines. We meet Iraqi insurgents, an American captain who loses a quarter of his men in eight days, and a young soldier from Georgia on a rooftop at midnight reminiscing about his girlfriend back home. A car bomb explodes, bullets fly, and a mother cradles her blinded son.

Like no other book, 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.

Dexter Filkins  Net Worth

Dexter has an estimated net worth of around $200,000 which he earned from his career as of 2019.

Dexter Filkins  New Yoker

Dexter Filkins joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2011. He has written about the murder of a journalist in Pakistan, the uprisings in Yemen, the war in Afghanistan, the crises in Syria and Lebanon, the Prime Minister of Turkey, and a troubled Iraq war veteran who tracked down the surviving members of a family his unit had opened fire on. Filkins worked at the Miami Herald and the Los Angeles Times, where he was the paper’s New Delhi bureau chief, before joining the New York Times.

In 2009, he won a Pulitzer Prize as part of a team of Times journalists covering Pakistan and Afghanistan. In 2006 to 2007, he was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and, from 2007 to 2008, a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He has received numerous prizes, including two George Polk Awards and three Overseas Press Club Awards. His book, The Forever War, won the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction and was named a best book of the year by the Times, the Washington Post, Time, and the Boston Globe.

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