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Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
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Apr 11, 2012

really liked it
Read in May, 2012

A book of controversial nature and haters might label it as a written infomercial for "War and Glory." If so, it does its job damn well. The book gives a naive perspective of a young M.I. and his journey into the federation's war against the bugs. But as the story progresses, the perspective changes and Heinlein begins show why this book is both beloved and hated. He goes almost on full discourses on subjects such as morals, ethics, human responsibility, and the 'pursuit of happiness.' While many believe he is a proponent for militarism and fascism, Heinlein certainly does not jade such opinions but he does write well. Reading such a book causes the reader want to yell "Hoo-rah!" but at the same time never really consider the negative effects of such themes as brutality, massacre, and revenge. Heinlein may have this book as his statement not about his military beliefs but rather about his beliefs regarding man's power of will in the midst of adversity and destruction. This "infomercial" for war might be naive in many regards but it is refreshing considering the overflow of anti-war sentiment books. If readers seek more balanced writing, they should consider Card's "Ender's Game."

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