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The NFB Reading List: The Art Of War

A nice short one today. The Art Of War – Sun Tzu Who was Sun Tzu? What was his career like? Did he actually write the famous book attributed to him? Did he ever exist at all? All these questions … Continue reading

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The NFB Reading List: Night Watch

Night Watch – Terry Pratchett (2002) In the course of trying to capture a deranged killer, Watch Commander Sam Vimes is magically transported thirty years into the past, to the day when he witnessed a violent changeover of power in … Continue reading

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The NFB Reading List: City Of Thieves

It has been a while since I added to this series – the others can be found here – but I felt that, with a gap opening up in the blog schedule, now was as good a time as any to get … Continue reading

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The NFB Reading List: The Gun

The Gun – C.J. Chivers (2010) Around the same time that Soviet scientists were perfecting more and more powerful nuclear weapons, a lowly sergeant was helping to create a much smaller device of war not too far away. Mikhail Kalashnikov … Continue reading

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The NFB Reading List: Starship Troopers

Starship Troopers – Robert A. Heinlein (1959) Now, here’s a controversial one. Robert A. Heinlein’s most famous novel has nearly always divided opinion. Winner of science fiction writing awards, criticised for a militaristic, fascist endorsing tone, endorsed by large parts … Continue reading

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The NFB Reading List – Dispatches

Dispatches – Michael Herr (1977) The books that I have covered so far have all been generally coherent and simple enough works, with a clear theme and narrative focus. They all generally had a goal and some kind of lesson … Continue reading

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The NFB Reading List – Berlin: The Downfall 1945

Berlin: The Downfall 1945 – Anthony Beevor (2007) Accomplished and immanently successful, Anthony Beevor turned his attention to the end of World War Two in Europe here, with a complete overview of the Eastern Front campaigns of 1945, culminating in … Continue reading

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The NFB Reading List: Generation Kill

Generation Kill – Evan Wright (2004) Evan Wright was a Rolling Stone journalist who, in the first few weeks of “Operation Iraqi Freedom”, found himself “embedded” with soldiers from the 1st Marine Reconnaissance Battalion as they moved from Kuwait to … Continue reading

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The NFB Reading List: John Adams

John Adams – David McCullough (2002) The second book in this series may not be one that, unlike John Keegan’s famous work, springs to mind quickly when thinking about “war”. David McCullough’s biography of Adams covers that individuals rather notable … Continue reading

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The NFB Reading List: The Face Of Battle

I recently taught a course on “War and Conflict” at the Centre for Talented Youth, Ireland (CTYI) as part of their Centre for Academic Talent (CAT) program. The two week course was a stimulating and gratifying experience, and I can … Continue reading

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