Monday, June 19, 2006

The Greatest War Stories Never Told

I have another blogger to thank for pointing me toward Rick Beyer's fascinating little book. I read about it at http://nonanon.blogspot.com, which is called Nonfiction (Readers) Anonymous. The writer's description was interesting, so I picked up Beyer's book.

The Greatest War Stories Never Told includes 100 stories relating unusual events about war. The short (two page) essays are accompanied by drawings and captions that further explain the event. It's in chronological order, beginning in 371 B.C. with a Theban military unit known as the Sacred Band, consisting of 150 homosexual couples. My favorite story was set in 1913, when fifty-three thousand Civil War veterans returned to Gettysburg to reenact Pickett's Charge.

This is a little gem of a book.

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