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The best non-American military books: I’d like some suggestions for a top 10 list

A major in the 101st Airborne suggests that we do a reading list of modern military books that are not about the American military experience (and not the usual classics). Three of his suggestions are The Dambusters, Defeat into Victory , and Churchill’s Generals. To that start, I’d add Keegan’s Face of Battle and Alistair Horne’s ...

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A major in the 101st Airborne suggests that we do a reading list of modern military books that are not about the American military experience (and not the usual classics). Three of his suggestions are The Dambusters, Defeat into Victory , and Churchill’s Generals.

To that start, I’d add Keegan’s Face of Battle and Alistair Horne’s Savage War of Peace. What else? I’ll allow histories, memoirs, novels, and poetry.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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