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The 10 best books about war
Only in the 19th century did soldiers begin to describe their experiences in language modern readers can relate to. Wheeler served as a rifleman through the greatest British campaigns of the Napoleonic wars. His letters home were discovered and published only in They provide one of the finest accounts of the conflict from the perspective of a ranker. Wheeler's sensibilities were often outraged by the scenes he witnessed, not least the excesses committed by his own comrades. Published by Cassell.
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Although the horrors of war may never be perfectly recreated in words, writers all over the world have been known to draw a cavalcade of inspiration from such conflicts. Some writers focus on the bigger picture of a particular war, while others narrow it down to the struggles of a particular group or individual. But what all of them have in common is a desire to recreate in words the horrifying experience of warfare and how it shapes people and societies. There are millions of war novels in circulation all over the world, covering different events, times, and people. Below, in no particular order, are the first ten of thirty books military fans should read at least once in their lives. This is a satirical war novel authored by Ben Fountain.
At night, huddled in my sleeping bag in the ice-cold Holiday Inn, I counted incoming shells from the nearby hills and imagined that I was not as alone as I really was.
just me and you and you and me
"This Kind of War" by T. R. Fehrenbach
Amazon Despite the heartbreak and gruesomeness that often accompanies war, there's no doubt that the subject is fascinating to read about. We threw in a few of our own. These books are a selection of scholarly histories, journalism, first-hand accounts, and works on the tactics and theory of warfare from the crusades to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The battle for the holy land launched in , and pinned Catholics and Muslims against each other for the next almost years. Asbridge puts the conflict in context, from Pope Urban II's call upon "Latin Europe" to take a stand against the Muslims to the Muslim reclamation of the holy land.
Essential reading on the timeless and terrifying topic of war, these are the novels that teach us the cost and sacrifice of conflict and remind us why, in a time when a tweet appears capable of triggering a nuclear stand off, we should remember the lessons of the past. Vonnegut's most famous novel alternatively titled The Children's Crusade A Duty-dance With Death is notable not only for its harrowing portrayal of the fire-bombing of Dresden, but for its bizarre scenes set on the planet Tralfamadore where protagonist Billy Pilgrim falls in love with an abducted porn star. Released in , Slaughterhouse Five was one of the first novels to mix absurdist post-modernism and pop culture with straight-faced accounts of the Second World War. As Billy Pilgrim himself explains: "They were trying to re-invent themselves and their universe Science fiction was a big help.
War is hell, but also generally a hell of a read Say it again! Writers, while not disavowing the sentiment, might suggest otherwise. Wars, battles and struggles have provided novelists with a cavalcade of inspiration for grand works. Some focus on the fighting and the treacherous conditions experienced by the soldiers; others examine how wars change people and society. The skirmish is caught on camera, ensuring that Billy and his buddies become overnight heroes in America.