remembrance day: 11 anti-war books

Remembrance Day readers' advisory: eleven books to help us contemplate the reality of war, and thus oppose it.

1. All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque

2. War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning, Christopher Hedges

3. Catch-22, Joseph Heller

4. The Rape of Nanking, Iris Chang

5. Regeneration, Pat Barker

6. Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut

7. Comfort Woman, Nora Okja Keller

8. Why Men Fight, Bertrand Russell

9. Hiroshima, John Hersey

10. The Deserter's Tale, Joshua Key and Lawrence Hill

11. Born on the Fourth of July, Ron Kovic


johngoldfine said...

Timothy Snyder's 'Bloodlands' covers more than just war, but what he has to say about WW2 is relentlessly disturbing.

Karl Marlantes' 'What It Is Like To Go To War' probably couldn't be quite categorized as anti-war, but it's an intelligent, sophisticated, and humane look at...what it's like to go to war.

laura k said...

Thanks, John.

I haven't read any of Tim O'Brien's books, but they sound like they do the same for the Vietnam experience.

Cate said...

To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918, by Adam Hochschild, if I may

Amy said...

Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried was very powerful. It creates a feeling for the chaos and pointlessness of the Vietnam War.

laura k said...

Thank you, Cate. That book is on my (extremely long) nonfiction to-read list.

laura k said...

Amy, thanks for that. Also on my list.