Reviews of must-read military books including military history, veteran memoirs, the politics of defense and of war.
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand was originally published in 2010 by Random House. Unbroken has also been made into a movie of the same name directed by Angelina Jolie. This book is about a man whose footprint in history is small but is a piece of a wider history that marks our country. Beginning with his story as a child and ending with a story of a generation who were strong and courageous beyond measure.
The Sound of Dripping Water
It's 5pm and it's already starting to get dark. I just finished recording a female artist who came in for a voice-over recording for an acting job she received from her agent. Speaking of voice. Now I'm talking to myself again. "Use your inside voice" the teacher would say. Yeah it's all cool and fun until you start to do it all the time. Like I'm doing now. We met before a couple of weeks ago and started the recording process. Today was for another character they're having her do. She's really talented. One character has a high voice and the other has a low voice and she does both with ease. She even gave me her profile name for instagram so I can stay up to date with how she's doing. Right now I'm doing some engineering work for her audio. Many people say it's tidious, but I actually enjoy my work. Especially while listening to Josh Garrels. phone rings. "Who could that be? Oh. It's Tif.
The 4 Best Books About the Civil War
The American Civil War is widely considered the most pivotal moment in American history. Not only did that war represent a battle between North and South, but it was also a divergence point that greatly shaped society today. It had battles resulting in over 600,000 deaths.
Book Review - The Paris Library by Janet Charles
Namo Namaha friends. In this post, I'll be reviewing The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles. This is a World War II historical fiction novel about a group of people doing their best to keep a library alive despite the entire world around them falling apart!
3 Obscure Novels of the World Wars
Some of the most turbulent times in modern history have been the world wars lasting from 1914 through to 1918 and then again from 1939 through to 1945. Many authors have written novels set in or about this time - both fiction and non-fiction. Some of the most famous including "The Book Thief" by Marcus Zusack (fiction), "Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank (non-fiction) and even "All Quiet on the Western Front" by EM Remarque (semi-autobiographical).
Book Review: "Balcony in the Forest" by Julien Gracq
Set in the war of 1939, the Second World War that is, this book makes an attempt at being a subversive war novel from the rest. Including dream sequences, almost folklore-ish creatures and stories, the book is almost trying to hard to get away from the type that is already running through it via its premise: a war novel. Do I think that this takes away from the harsh realities of the war? Yes, but only slightly. Let me explain.
In this paper I will discuss my reflections about countertransference regarding the novel, Sparta by Roxana Robinson. Conrad experiences with post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and severe anxiety reminded me of friends and family members that have served in the military. A few people that I know have expressed to me their thoughts and feelings of being torn between civilian life and the life of a soldier. I have seen their pain. And to read about another person’s experiences, reminded me of those long nights of comforting my friends and family members. I have seen people that I care about try to hide or deny what they are experiencing, and eventually, they explode and have come close to hurting someone that they love. Reading Conrad’s story took me back to those moments in my life. This book helped me to gain a better understanding of my experiences with second hand trauma and my view of the military world.
Book Review: "The Memoir of an Anti-Hero" by Kornel Filipowicz
“The Memoir of an Anti-Hero” by Kornel Filipowicz is a book about a man who wants to survive in the midst of a world war. Whilst everyone else is concerned with doing something heroic to save themselves or their fellow man from the German Nazi invasion, this guy tries his best to hide from the limelight and thus protect himself. For the most of it, he really doesn’t mind either. He doesn’t seem to be impacted by this and he states that these people don’t require ‘pity’ or salvation. However, as the book progresses, there are a number of thoughts that come pouring in through his mind, sort of breaking their way through in small bursts until the end of the book.
'Our Sins' by Geoff M. Pereira
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Top 10 Books Inspired by War
War is a dark cloud that has hovered over the shining sun of human's time on Earth. Between heartbreaking casualties, the burden on families, and the overall feeling of dread within the bleak trenches of despair, wartime is far from a pretty picture.
The 10 Best Military Biographies of All Time
War is hell; there is no denying the atrocities committed during a time of such insurmountable strife. Unfortunately though, war is a reality that people have had to face as long as this species has walked the Earth. Generals, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, and Army foot soldiers alike have been writing down their experiences with war all this time, to give the civilian population a look at war is really like, as well as teach future leaders the skills they need to learn if they are to find success on and off the battlefields. Many of these military biographies are true stories about brave service members and their unmatched heroism and experiences, but the best military biographies to have ever been published are a step above the rest.
Best World War II Memoirs
There are very few, if any, wars that are quite as fascinating as World War II. It was one of the deadliest wars in world history, filled with action-packed fighting and daring rescues. It was a war filled with stories that are both surreal and relatable at the same time.