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Looking back at Iraq

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According to the New York Times, yesterday evening marked a significant checkpoint in the War in Iraq when a roadside bomb exploded killing four more U.S. troops, bringing the total American death toll in Iraq to 4000. With no end in sight and casualties steadily rising, media outlets around the globe have used the 4,000th death as an opportunity to look back on the war and the many soldiers who have lost their lives there since 2003. But providing perhaps one of the most vivid and personal of these retrospectives, is NYT photojournalist and author Ashley Gilbertson’s recent Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: A Photographer’s Chronicle of the Iraq War. Documenting the conflict from the initial invasion, to Iraq’s first national elections, Gilbertson’s book tells candidly of his own experience photographing the war and of the lives of the soldiers fighting it.
To preview some of the images from the book navigate to the author’s portfolio on the NYT website.
To hear more about the Gilbertson’s experience in Iraq, you can navigate to the Press’s special website for the book which features and exclusive half-hour interview with the author, or see this archived video from CSPAN’s Book TV of Gilbertson’s talk earlier this month at a Borders Books & Music in Vienna, Virginia.