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This review is from: An Intimate History of Killing: Face-to-face Killing in Twentieth-century Warfare (Paperback)
I was persuaded to buy this book after reading that it contained excerpts from diaries and letters of the people who lived through the three periods it studies. Some of the passages quoted from such letters, especially those from WWI when the troops wrote with such romance, were a fantastic read, unfortunately these passages are few and far between. Ms Bourke uses some of these passages to make, what are sometimes tenuous links, to the sexual pleasures of killing -something I find hard to imagine as a subject with many interested parties in the book buying public. I did read the whole book, partly because it always seemed to promise something better on the next page and partly because I am one of those people who must read a book through once past the first dozen pages. Needless to say this book is not for the amateur historian or even the mildly interested historian, but should be kept strictly on the shelves of the psychology section and away from the military history shelves just in case anyone else gets drawn in as I did. Anyone with a keen interest in both military history and psychology will love this book - but I would guess those people are few and far between.