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War in a Time of Peace by David Halberstam
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Nov 15, 07

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This book is full of interesting stuff, mostly about the wars in the Balkans in the 90's but also small sections on Haiti, Rwanda, and Somalia. But I believe David Halberstam wrote it stream-of-conscious style with no outline or redrafts, and that it went straight from his typewriter to the bookstore with never the hand of an editor to slow it down. He repeats himself constantly, chapters begin, ramble aimlessly, and are cut off, and the punctuation and grammar are outrageous. At one point there is a sentence that includes the marvelous, "between nineteen-ninety four and 1996." Still, there's some good analysis in here, and it was great reading about a time I lived through without paying very much attention.

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