Finkel shows his knack, once again, for crafting newspaper stories with a writerly, particularly human point of view. He doesn’t just write technically compelling scenes; he lets his readers in on irony, wryness, attitude. We see the stance as daring, profound, even subversive, in the politically charged and deathly case of Iraq. His scenes get beyond much of the usual, upright reporting on the war (even that which is critical) by virtue of his human and original lens.

A Grisly Problem, Grateful Iraqis and a Grim Outlook,” by David Finkel

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