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Great Books on War

 
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Well, I don't know any! It's not a subject I was interested in particularly. Bt I'd probably start from the fringes.
Zen and the Art of War.
The Last Samurai -the Life and Battles of Taigo Saigo Takamori offers an intriguing insight into samurai culture and feudalism in Japan as mainfested in the Meiji age of the late 19th Century.
And these by having a different POV from the usual history books.
The Great War - An Imperial History. - colonial soldiers
Storm of Steel by Ernst Junger - a memoir of astonishing power, savagery and lyricism which illuminates the horrors and the fascination of total war, presenting the conflict through the eyes of an ordinary German soldier.
"For many people used to the British war poets and the "lions led by donkeys" school of world war one this book will be a new and provocative experience as Junger saw the war as one of the greatest experiences of his life and makes no apologies for his feelings."
The Rape of Belgium - an in-depth analysis of atrocities committed in Belgium in WWI.
The Illusion of Victory: Americans in World War I.

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Stalingrad by Anthony Beevor.
An excellent read about the Battle of Stalingrad in WWII, presented in a balanced fashion. Both sides are represented and their decisions - whether forced or of their own free will - insightfully analysed and dissected.
There's obviously a lot of factual content in the book but Beevor tempers this and prevents it from becoming too dry by including many, many eyewitness accounts and human stories & tragedies to keep the reader interested.
I've just bought another of his - Berlin (about the fall of Berlin in 1945) - can't wait to start that one!
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The Art of War is considered a classic text on the subject. I have not read it myself yet, but it's on my wish list.
 
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The Illusion of Victory is so full of mistakes, it may not be worth bothering with this.
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Guadalcanal Diary - The classic first person account of war
The First World War by John Keegan - The definitive account of the Great War
Band of Brothers - The HBO miniseries was based on this book. Covers the fighting of a unit of the 101st Airborne division in France and Germany 1944-1945.
The Punic Wars - Accurate and interesting coverage of the three wars in which the Romans eventually destroyed the Carthaginians.
The Peloponnesian War - Excellent account of the war between Athens and Sparta fought between 431 and 404 BC
History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides - Same war but by a guy who witnessed it
 
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