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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
3.84
Ben Fountain’s book analyzes war through a young soldier’s eyes. Billy Lynn, a character that sounds and feels very much like Vonnegut’s Billy Pilgrim ...more
Aug 20, 2012
Aug 09, 2012
 
The Complete Persepolis (Persepolis, #1-4)
4.31
Marjane Satrapi captures what life was like growing up in Iran before and after the Islamic Revolution, being an immigrant in Europe, and returning to ...more
Aug 06, 2014
Jul 29, 2014
 
Lizard Tails
3.57
It's the imagination of a boy dealing with the disconnection and disappearance of his father that drive the story set in post World War II Spain. Ther ...more
May 21, 2011
Feb 07, 2009
 
The People of Forever Are Not Afraid
3.15


The People of Forever are not afraid follow the lives of Yael, Avishag, and Lea growing up as part of the Israeli Defense Force. It's a very surreal
...more
Nov 02, 2012
Sep 26, 2012
 
The Paris Architect
3.94
Charles Belfoure’s historical novel, The Paris Architect, reminds of the short story, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank. The main chara ...more
Oct 22, 2013
Oct 19, 2013
 
Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power
4.09
The United States hasn’t issued a Declaration of War since the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Few situations are as dramatic as President Franklin Roosevelt ...more
Sep 11, 2013
Sep 08, 2013
 
No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden
3.92
No Easy Day describes the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden. There is a teaser opening with Navy Seals about to assault the Bin Laden compound, when ...more
Feb 07, 2013
Feb 04, 2013
 
The Tiger's Wife
3.36
This is one of the best books I have read in a while. It brings to mind some of my favorite books of all time. It has aspects of magical realism combi ...more
Jul 02, 2011
Jun 27, 2011
 
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
3.94
Tom Reiss is a huge fan of Alexandre Dumas. Reading through his attempted memoir, he finds that Dumas idolized his father and that many of his stories ...more
Oct 05, 2012
Sep 20, 2012
 
Under Heaven
4.11
A deftly plotted historical novel set in 9th century China. I love how the author sets the table like a game of chess. All men are pawns to those clos ...more
Oct 16, 2012
Sep 26, 2012
 
I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor's Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity
4.22
It’s not often that we read first hand accounts from a Gazan or Palestinian point of view. Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish was born and raised in Gaza, an area ...more
Mar 26, 2012
Mar 05, 2012
 
Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan
4.06
Horse Soldiers tells the story of Special Military Forces that are dropped into Afghanistan with the sole purpose of aiding an outnumbered and outgunn ...more
Oct 17, 2009
Oct 05, 2009
 
Girl at War
4.01
There is always a desire to forget a painful past. A memory so deep within us that it must never see the light. It gets pushed down to where not only ...more
Jun 27, 2015
Jun 09, 2015
 
The Painter of Battles
3.61
This book discusses the horrors of war and the futility of capturing it for others to see. Are you trying to tell the horrors of war to dissuade it, o ...more
Apr 24, 2010
Apr 19, 2010
 
The Book Thief
4.35
When a book begins with Death as the narrator in Nazi Germany, one could expect a very dark novel or an author with a dark sense of humor. In the Book ...more
Aug 26, 2011
Jun 01, 2008
 
Catch-22
3.97
Catch-22 is a classic of wartime bureaucracy. I am sure it was the inspiration of many zany television shows like McHale’s Navy and MASH. Imagine a ty ...more
Nov 28, 2012
Jun 14, 2008
 
A Sense of the Enemy: The High Stakes History of Reading Your Rival's Mind
3.30
A Sense of the Enemy combines psychological thought, emotional intelligence, pop science, and history to explain key turning points in history. It is ...more
May 02, 2014
Mar 20, 2014
 
To Siberia
3.56
I was excited to finally read this after finishing Out Stealing Horses. Per Petterson's writing style is melancholy and sparce, it often reminds me of ...more
Sep 21, 2010
Jun 17, 2008
 
The Things They Carried
4.11
The most difficult thing about war writing is how to convey the feeling of being there. After reading Slaughterhouse 5, What it is Like to go to War, ...more
Apr 29, 2012
Dec 17, 2009
 
The English Patient
3.87
I was surprised by how much I liked this book. What I knew from this book is what I saw on a movie poster from the English Patient, which doesn't real ...more
Nov 09, 2008
Oct 30, 2008
 
Soldiers of Salamis
3.72
You would think that, as a soldier fighting a bloody war, when faced with the man whose words helped start the way, that soldier would shoot him dead. ...more
Jun 30, 2010
Nov 24, 2009
 
Wilderness
3.91
Lance Weller's novel has all the elements of a good story. Lyrical prose and duality of the Wilderness. On one hand, it represents death and destructi ...more
Nov 15, 2012
Sep 04, 2012
 
Next to Love
3.52
Ellen Feldman’s book does a lovely job showing the consequences of war. Three women, two war widows and one woman whose husband has come back from Wor ...more
Jan 24, 2012
Aug 31, 2011
 
What It is Like to Go to War
3.91
What it is Like to Go to War is a spiritual memoir as a marine comes to terms with killing and death. Marlantes makes points about the divide between ...more
Apr 06, 2012
Jan 23, 2012
 
Lethal Warriors: When the New Band of Brothers Came Home
4.18
Over the years, the psychological effects of war have gone by many names: battle fatigue, shell shock, and finally Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It’ ...more
Aug 07, 2012
May 14, 2012
 
The Prisoner of Heaven (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #3)
3.92
Zafon continues the Cemetery of Forgotten Book series with The Prisoner of Heaven. Daniel Sempere, the hero of The Shadow of the Wind, meets a strange ...more
Sep 2012
Jun 26, 2012
 
We Should Never Meet: Stories
3.92
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Mar 30, 2012
 
Cutter and Bone
4.03
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Dec 01, 2009
 
As If I Am Not There
4.13
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Nov 24, 2009
 
Dispatches
4.23
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Dec 01, 2009
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