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Warriors

Portraits from the Battlefield

by Max Hastings

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What it means to be a warrior has become a pertinent issue of our time. What makes some men and women perform extraordinary deeds on the battlefield? What makes them risk their lives in the pursuit of victory? And do their successes or failures in combat bring them happiness, melancholy, or fulfillment?

In Warriors, Hastings takes up the experience of fourteen soldiers and airmen, together with one remarkable sailor, who fought in the wars of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, portraying their triumphs, follies, and, sometimes, tragedies....Each of Hastings’s pen portraits depicts a unique and remarkable human story.

A tribute to the valor of these fighters and a searching study of combat in modern history, Warriors enhances our understanding of the hearts and minds of the people who serve in war. It is also an appealing book for the reader who is drawn to tales of heroism, human drama, and some of the most exotic characters of modern times.

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'Hastings's attitude toward his subjects is respectful, but....not worshipful....often remarking upon the disappointments these men - and one woman - faced in peacetime, when their talents were no longer valued. His sentences are impeccably polished, occasionally revealing a dry wit.' - PW.
'Because it is purposefully lighter than Armageddon and based almost entirely on published sources, this book does not offer serious military historians much new information. Undoubtedly, though, many aspiring armchair generals will find this work inspiration for more in-depth study.' - Library Journal.

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Max Hastings Author Biography

Max Hastings chronicles Vietnam with the benefit of vivid personal memories: first of reporting in 1967-68 from the United States, where he encountered many of the war's decision-makers including President Lyndon Johnson, then of successive assignments in Indochina for newspapers and BBC TV: he rode a helicopter out of the US Saigon embassy compound during the 1975 final evacuation. He is the author of twenty-six books, most about conflict, and between 1986 and 2002 served as editor-in-chief of the Daily Telegraph, then editor of the Evening Standard. He has won many prizes both for journalism and his books, of which the most recent are All Hell Let Loose, Catastrophe and The Secret War, best-sellers translated around the world. He has two grown-up children, Charlotte...

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