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‘The best war books of all time’?

The Telegraph's list of favorites has a few surprises.

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So they claim. Here’s a list compiled by the conservative British newspaper The Telegraph. I’m guessing it was compiled after one of those long liquid lunches for which British journalists are justly famous.

I’m surprised to see Churchill’s History of the English-Speaking Peoples. I love reading most of Churchill, but found that set among his worst work, barely readable. And I liked parts of Waugh’s Sword of Honour series, but I wouldn’t even put it on a list of best WWII fiction. The Crete stuff is very good, though.

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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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