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Old 04-24-01, 11:53 PM
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whatever war it might be? what are your fav's?
my all time favorite is ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT
any other reccomendations?
Old 04-25-01, 12:02 AM
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One of my favorites is called You're Stepping On My Cloak And Dagger by Roger Hall. It's a sometimes light hearted, sometimes hilarious tale about Hall and his life in the O.S.S. during WW2. Unfortunately it's pretty hard to find a copy as it's been out of print for over 40 years. My copy is only in ok condition and it still cost me $30.





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The best war novel I have ever read is "Johnny Got His Gun"
by Dalton Trumbo
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Killer Angels
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Originally posted by thecrazydude
Killer Angels
Very good book.


Old 04-25-01, 10:38 AM
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The best war books are the real ones (non-fiction)..I would say Flag Of Our Fathers and Band Of Brothers are my top two
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we were soldiers once and young by harold moore

great non-fiction book about the first large scale vietnam war battle

highly reccommended
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The Short-Timers by Gustav Hasford is one of my all time favorites. It's the book Full Metal Jacket was made from, and as much as I like that movie, it just doesn't do the book justice.

If you haven't read it, I reccomend it completely. It's a short read, although I believe it is now out of print. You can probably find a copy in a used book store though.
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Hey folks - the topic is war novels. So non-fiction doesn't count.

These are my favorites:
A Farewell to Arms - Hemingway
Classic romance amid war

The Beardless Warriors - Richard Matheson
While obviously inspired by All Quiet..., this novel is probably the best WWII story I've ever read. Truly worth the read.

Where Eagles Dare - Alister MacLean
So much better than the film

Fields of Fire - James Webb
The best Vietnam novel I've ever read
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Originally posted by BoatDrinks
Hey folks - the topic is war novels. So non-fiction doesn't count.
Damnit, BoatDrinks, I was all primed to mention Dispatches by Michael Herr, an incredible stream-of-consciousness mind trip through the jungles of Vietnam. But it's non-fiction, so I won't mention it.
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"The Things They Carried", by Tim O'Brien. A series of vignettes and short stories about Vietnam. As I read it, I wanted to howl, and foam at the mouth, and tear my teeth out -- it was that good!
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Another great one for you is Those Devils in Baggy Pants by Ross S. Carter. Carter was one of three survivors of his original paratroop platoon which served in Europe & Africa during WWII. An excellent down to earth look at how things were. My copy is an old paperback from 1951, but I believe this one was reprinted not to long ago and should be available.


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"Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara is one of my absolute favorite books.
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Thin Red Line is excellent. MUCH better than the movie IMO.


edit -- another interesting trilogy (i think) is the British one "An Officer and a Gentleman", etc. It paints an interesting picture of the general ineffectualness and lack of preparation of the British army at the beginning of WWII -- esp in N. Africa. I read 2 of them this summer. Very interesting characters too.

Tuan Jim
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Anything by Tim O'Brien

Going After Cacciato
In The Lake Of The Woods
The Things They Carried
If I Die In A Combat Zone

Trust me, if you like war stories/novels, check him out. He is one of the best authors out there.
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Originally posted by thecrazydude
Killer Angels
Yep. The book that leapt immediately to mind.

The prequel "Gods and Generals" written by the son is not bad.
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Check out W.E.B Griffin. He has several series of books dealing with WWII. I just finished reading his Men at War novels. Incredible stories dealing with the start of the CIA or "aka" the OSS.

The Last Heroes,Men at War Series , Vol 1

The Secret Warriors,Men at War, vol 2

The Soldier Spies, vol 3

The Fighting Agents, vol 4



He also has two an older series called The Brotherhood of War and The Corps I'm going to start these soon.

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