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1.0 out of 5 stars A incoherent and naive attempt to cover an important topic, 26 May 1999
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This review is from: An Intimate History of Killing: Face-to-face Killing in Twentieth-century Warfare (Paperback)
Joanna Bourke's attempt to suggest that all men are warmongers and killers who suppress their guilt through fantasies of knight-errantry shows evidence of a good deal of hard work, but of little sympathy for or understanding of her subject. Even a cursory inspection shows that much potential source material has been ignored (accounts of the British in the Second World War and Falklands conflicts, for example)and one can only speculate that this is because it tends to undermine her central themes.
For all the effort that has gone in to producing this book, readers would be better off reading John Keegan's 'Face of Battle', Richard Holmes' 'Firing Line'and John Ellis's 'The Sharp End'.
Don't waste your money on this.
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