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4.0 out of 5 stars Sheds Light on All Sides of War
I enjoyed this book for many reasons. Hynes effectively compared World War I, World War II, and Vietnam, giving the reader a better understanding of the soldier’s life during each war and the influence of the war on the feelings of the public behind it. He uses different perspectives such as the victims of war and the prisoners of war, which both helped to fulfill...
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1.0 out of 5 stars War and human suffering is most serious than this recycled tosh.
To the previous reviewer, have we read the same book?

I would never review anything unless it is very bad or very good - I don't have time, and this is completely on the very bad. A total waste of your money, even if you pay as little as I did.

Those who tell wonders on the back-cover of the book: Pat Barker, John Keegan "Remarkable.." Sebastian...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sheds Light on All Sides of War, 9 Dec 2002
This review is from: The Soldier's Tale: Bearing Witness to Modern War (Paperback)
I enjoyed this book for many reasons. Hynes effectively compared World War I, World War II, and Vietnam, giving the reader a better understanding of the soldier’s life during each war and the influence of the war on the feelings of the public behind it. He uses different perspectives such as the victims of war and the prisoners of war, which both helped to fulfill my cultural expectations of the class by focusing on the effect that war has on a society and helped to give me a better understanding of the different wars. Hynes effectively sheds light on all sides of war and remains very subjective in his analysis of war by always showing both sides of the story. By including both the memoirs of the foot soldier and the commanding officers, the memoirs of the destroyers and the victims, and the memoirs of both sides of each war, Hynes allows the reader to draw his or her own conclusions about war. He makes it clear that it is impossible for one to understand completely any aspect of war without being a part of it and that war is a cruel place regardless of what side one is on or what position one is in. In the end, the book has a powerful effect on the reader because rather then just concluding with a wrap up of the wars discussed in the book, Hynes leaves the reader pondering what future wars will be like. The greatest talent that Hynes demonstrates in this book is his ability to encourage his audience to have individual though.
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1.0 out of 5 stars War and human suffering is most serious than this recycled tosh., 22 April 2012
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This review is from: The Soldier's Tale: Bearing Witness to Modern War (Paperback)
To the previous reviewer, have we read the same book?

I would never review anything unless it is very bad or very good - I don't have time, and this is completely on the very bad. A total waste of your money, even if you pay as little as I did.

Those who tell wonders on the back-cover of the book: Pat Barker, John Keegan "Remarkable.." Sebastian Faulks "cool authority.." Jay Winter "the finest", have they lost their senses or was it all to maintain a job? What a load of rubbish!

I search for profound thoughts among the war literature because it is in those very moments of extreme when men are able to tell us of the ethical and of true, humane conclusions. The best so far, the one which should be read in every school in the world, that should be part of evey dept. of humanities is without doubt Glenn Gray's The Warriors - Reflections on Men in Battle. There are others which are good but not as powerful. But certainly this Soldiers' Tale shall not be touched again.
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