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Testament of Youth

Testament of Youth, by Vera Brittain. Subtitle: An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900-1925. In 1914, Vera Brittain was twenty years old and had finally persuaded her old-fashioned father to let her attend Oxford. Edward, her beloved younger brother, was starting at Oxford at the same time, along with his friends, Victor, Geoffrey, and Roland … Continue reading »

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Wasp

Wasp, by Eric Frank Russell. You know how distracting it can be when a wasp flies into a car that’s speeding down the highway? One little wasp could cause a deadly car crash and, best of all (for the wasp), it doesn’t even have to sting the driver. All it has to do is… distract. … Continue reading »

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Reading list: U.S. Army professional reading list

The U.S. Army Center of Military History has a Recommended Professional Reading List, divided into four for audiences determined by rank and military experience, “from private to lieutenant to general.” These forty-four books would make a good reading list for anyone, military or civilian, who is interested in the history of warfare, with particular emphasis … Continue reading »

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How to Avoid Being Killed in a War Zone

How to Avoid Being Killed in a War Zone, by Rosie Garthwaite. 2011. Subtitle: “The essential survival guide for dangerous places.” This is a how-to book for journalists and anyone else heading into a war zone. How to prepare before you get there, how to run your team, how to cope with guns, riots, and … Continue reading »

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His Majesty’s Dragon

(Originally posted on March 23, 2009, in the original Random Dewey blog) His Majesty’s Dragon, by Naomi Novik. Book 1 of the Temeraire trilogy. Napoleonic-era British navy officer accidentally becomes a dragon rider in the Aerial Corps. This is the first book in the Temeraire series. Nelson’s navy is trying to stop Napoleon’s forces from … Continue reading »

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