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Armageddon in Retrospect by Kurt Vonnegut
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Sep 20, 11

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bookshelves: short-stories, war-memoir, social-commentary, historical-fiction
Read from August 23 to September 13, 2011

This is a series of short stories and possibly a lecture to an Indiana college. Most deal with some sort of war-time or militaristic setting and flesh out some of the anti-war themes found in Slaughterhouse Five. In these stories wartime victors are not necessarily heroes, and war is seen as evil except by career warriors who are generally lampooned. There are occasional sane people who see the insanity of war, and they are generally the heroes of the stories, often because they don't follow orders that would result in harm to others.

Somewhat coincidentally about the time I was listening to this Corporal Dakota Meyer was in the news. He received the medal of honor for rescuing other soldiers, but was able to do so only by disobeying orders. Interesting.

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