The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier’s Education
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- Started reading:
- 2010-08-21 17:29:41
- Finished reading:
- 2010-08-30 17:26:36
There are plenty of literary references and quotes in this modern autobiographical account of the author’s experiences at West Point, Ranger School, Oxford, and Afghanistan. In spirit, it’s much the same as the books it references, such as All Quiet on the Western Front and many others, though it manages to be both informative and engaging with a strong unique voice. Considering the author is, among many other things, a Rhodes Scholar, I would have been disappointed if the writing had been anything but top notch. The author’s internal struggles about the role of the military and his decision to become an officer are particularly worthy of consideration and worth a read regardless of one’s personal feelings one way or the other about the military and the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan. In fact, those seeking to clarify their views would, I think, find this book valuable.