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Essential Reading for Everyone, 5 May 2006
This book should be on the essential reading list for every single person in the UK eligible to vote.
I went to Richard Holmes' talk at the National Army Museum where this was launched, and was priviledged enough to hear and question a number of incidents and experiences recounted. The lasting legacy which stays with me has to be the perverse hypocrisy of living in an age of instant global multi-media, allowing us to carry a battle to a living room in real time, and yet never before in the history of the UK, has a conflict in which our troops are engaged been so little known or understood on its own streets.
This book dispelled a number of myths under which the bulk of the UK population continue to debate and vote under. It reminded me of Robert McNamara's letter to Bill Clinton, where he reiterated his belief that it was the duty of every citizen to question their government's decision to send their youth to war. To do that we must understand exactly what we are sending them into, and this book helps us to do just that.
This may not be his best book, but right now it is definitely Essential Reading.