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5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging surprise
Several of the reviewers have suggested that this is a work of psychology rather than military history. As a psychologist I found this book fascinating. Ms Bourke inevitably leaves herself open to criticism for challenging established male myths of glory in battle; so deep-seated are these cultural fantasies that her work risks being rejected on an emotional, rather than...
Published on 22 Jun. 2005 by Dr. P. J. A. Wicks

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2.0 out of 5 stars Superficial at best
Professor Joanna Bourke's lengthy tome is a mix of overt and covert manifestoes. She states her case quite openly on her first page: it is to put killing back at the centre of histories of warfare. She has a fair point. Histories of the two World Wars and Vietnam War have tended to be military histories, dealing with grand strategies, politics, generals, broad fronts...
Published on 29 Mar. 2003 by L. C. Jones

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