War

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Mud, blood and jungle rot

31 July 2010
Matterhorn Karl Malantes

Corvus, pp.598, 16.99

The Matterhorn, at 14,679 feet in the Alps, is said to be very difficult to climb. It is an apt military designation for a (fictional) jungle peak that United States… Read more

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Not cowardly enough

20 January 2010
The Blasphemer Nigel Farndale

Doubleday, pp.413, 12.99

Nobody who reads Nigel Farndale’s The Blasphemer is likely to complain about being short-changed. Nobody who reads Nigel Farndale’s The Blasphemer is likely to complain about being short-changed. It tackles… Read more

Beyond the call of duty

24 June 2009
Men of War: Courage under Fire in the 19th-century Navy David Crane

Harper Press, pp.480, 30

David Crane’s latest book is much more interesting than its title would lead you to believe. If you buy it hoping for a collection of stories of derring-do and British… Read more

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The end of the affair

25 March 2009
Americans in Paris Charles Glass

Harper Press, pp.524, 20

Given the anti-Americanism displayed on every possible occasion by the French since the days of De Gaulle, and the crudely expressed contempt with which Americans have responded, particularly over the… Read more