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Can fiction capture the Iraq war?

By Adam Haslett   February 2014


Bobby Henline, Iraq veteran and sole survivor of an IED blast in 2007: recent novels have dealt with the painful return home from war ©PETER VAN AGTMAEL/MAGNUM PHOTOS

In the decade since the invasion of Iraq, the most widely read and highly regarded books on the war have been written by journalists. George Packer, Thomas E Ricks, Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Dexter Filkins, and David Finkel have all contributed to the first draft of history with superb accounts of everything from the failures of US war planning, to the daily lives of the…

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