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The 30 greatest war novels of all time
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. Faulks' fourth novel has been compared to the work of Hemingway, and the similarity resonates in the stolid, stripped back descriptions of the Battle of the Somme. His nose dangled and Stephen could see his teeth through the missing cheek.
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. The sharp satire centers on the experience of a group of veterans from the Iraq War and, specifically, on the Specialist Billy Lynn of Bravo Squad.
"The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land" by Thomas Asbridge
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.
Since the dawn of recorded history, war has proven an irresistible, inexhaustible and universally appealing subject. The reasons are obvious: It is the human activity in which emotions and actions simply could not be more intense. It is also the activity in which the stakes could not be higher. For individuals, it often means life or death. For city-states, nations, empires, even entire civilizations, war can mean survival and hegemony—or collapse and utter destruction. The truly powerful books, though, the ones that enlighten and move us, are few in number. Most readers who care about history can point to a few favorites, the novels, memoirs or narrative histories that first drew the curtain on a panorama of conflict, triumph and tragedy.
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