Book Reviews

“Killing Rommel” (2008) by Steven Pressfield

It must first be pointed out that this is not a factual book; it is a novel and, as such, is an unusual selection to be on Military Matters, which generally deals with factual sources. The reason for its inclusion is that Pressfield manages to convey something in this book that most writers never seem to get right – the sheer confusion, boredom and terror of war.

“Intelligence and Espionage: Secrets and Spies,” (2019) by Drs. Daniel Lomas and Christopher Murphy

A book aimed as an introduction to Intelligence History for university students, Intelligence and Espionage: Secrets and Spies is understandably a thorough study of the subject. While it purports to provide only an introduction to the subject, the authors have written an excellent piece of work that provides great balance between high end academia and readability – two items that are quite often mutually exclusive.

“War Is a Racket” (1935) by Maj.Gen. Smedley Butler

Written by one of America’s most decorated combat soldiers and a candidate for the post of Commandant of the United States Marine Corp, War Is a Racket is a short book of only five chapters and forms an intriguing piece of history that warns of the dangers of American adventurism, the impeding disaster of the Second World War and of what became known of as the “Industrial-Military Complex” in later years.



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