We’ve been at war for well over a decade now. Even though the conflicts have settled down, there are still men and women in Afghanistan and Iraq serving their country with honor. The Middle East is still a pretty unstable place, and there are plenty of men and women who come home changed. For many of them, they return to a life that is so profoundly different, that they struggle every day to find some normalcy. For others, they decide to write about their experiences. The result is plenty of must read books about the war in Afghanistan.
The strategic minds of the instrumental people behind civil wars, world wars, and ancient war are not easy to interpret. That being said, some authors have taken the time to delve into the details and explain the art of strategy to us every day folk. Some of the best war strategy books were written by previous generals, educated biographers, and researchers who spent years studying military strategy and the way it has transformed through the centuries.
An unfortunate truth is that war has existed since the dawn of mankind. For all the destruction it inevitably causes, war has revealed some truly brilliant minds and larger-than-life figures in the history of the world. This list of military leader biographies provides a brief look at some of the greatest and most terrible generals, emperors, and conquerors in recorded history.
Military life has inspired a lot of media in its time. All of the best war movies, the best anti-war movies, and the best Navy SEAL movies were made possible because writers and directors got inspired by the intricacies, drama, and content that came with modern military life.
The military and science fiction genres have exploded with high-quality content in recent years. There have been critically acclaimed military movies such as American Sniper and Dunkirk, and the same could be said for sci-fi, with Interstellar and District 9. Don't even get me started on the number of successful TV shows that have come from these genres. Even if I just consider this past decade alone, I would be writing all day.
"Not all heroes wear capes" is a famous line that refers directly to the armed forces. Despite being cape-less, the men and women who put their lives on the line in order to protect their county are bigger heroes than Superman, Spider-Man, and even Batman. My family has always been intrigued and fascinated by the military. Its dominance, history, tradition, heroism, and intricacies amaze me every day. My grandfather served during World War II and that has been a talking point within our family to this day.
Much like within the games of chess, or even checkers, strategy is one of the most important concepts upheld in war, for having the upper hand in any bout is key, to not only surviving, but also winning. This doesn't mean having the bigger army or the best guns, it's about having the guts and wherewithal to take extreme risks and to conquer your own inner demons before your foe uses them to your advantage. That's what most of the must read books written by veterans talk about; the depths soldiers go in debilitating their enemies make for some of the hardest decisions.
Joining the military and becoming a good soldier is about more than just being physically fit and tough. The military also wants their soldiers to be intelligent and well versed in military history. There are many books recommended by the US military, from military tactics to tellings of any war in American history. These are ten books recommended by the US military.
War isn't pretty. Odds are you know of someone in the military, or at least have had a relative in one of the many wars from our brutal past. Either way, it doesn't take an astrophysicist to know how utterly destructive war is to many various things, such as international relations, the human psyche, physical health, Earth itself, and much more. Whether or not there is a victor, and even if it is America that triumphs, there is no happy endings in any war, nor is there really a true winner. That's the myth of war, the fact that nothing but death comes with it.
Some of those who've never experienced the military life want to know what it feels like, how it was, and every aspect of the journey helping our country. Sometimes, not every film or every novel can cover enough of the answers to our questions — there's definitely a lot when it comes to the military. The training, the actual fighting, socialization, and even military traditions are fascinating. Almost every single solider in the military has a different feeling and approach to their experiences. That's why there's so many amazing documentaries and books based on these soldiers and what they went though. Like these Navy SEAL movies.