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Experiences of War - Soldiers -

Related category: Peace & Human Rights
Related booklists: Anti-War, Children and War, Civil War,

These are some of the books on this subject that we have had in our shop - but there will be many others that we can also order! (Note: this website cannot tell you if we have a book in stock right now or not, and though we do our best to keep information up to date, occasionally prices may have changed.)
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Books are listed in order of year of publication - newest titles are at the top. There are 37 books in this booklist

  • Cover image of book Liberia
    Liberia's Women Veterans: War, Roles and Reintegration - by Leena Vastapuu, illustrated by Emmi Nieminen

    £19.99   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781786990808 | ISBN 10: 1786990806

    The Liberian civil wars of the 1990s and 2000s became notorious for their atrocities, and for the widespread use of child soldiers. Girls and young women accounted for up to 40 per cent of these soldiers, but their unique perspective and experiences ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Last Fighting Tommy: The Life of Harry Patch, Last Veteran of the Trenches, 1898-2009 by Richard van Emden, with Harry Patch
    The Last Fighting Tommy: The Life of Harry Patch, Last Veteran of the Trenches, 1898-2009 - by Richard van Emden, with Harry Patch

    £9.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781408897225 | ISBN 10: 1408897229

    On 17 June 2009, Harry Patch celebrated his 111th birthday. At the time, he was the last living British Tommy that had fought in the trenches of the First World War. Now that direct link with the past has gone. From his vivid memories of an Edwardian ... more

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  • Cover image of book Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War by Viet Thanh Nguyen
    Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War - by Viet Thanh Nguyen

    £12.95   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9780674979840 | ISBN 10: 0674979842

    All wars are fought twice, the first time on the battlefield, the second time in memory. From the author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Sympathizer comes a searching exploration of the conflict Americans call the Vietnam War and Vietnamese ... more

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  • Cover image of book Fighting Proud: The Untold Story of the Gay Men Who Served in Two World Wars by Stephen Bourne
    Fighting Proud: The Untold Story of the Gay Men Who Served in Two World Wars - by Stephen Bourne

    £17.99   hardback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781784538743 | ISBN 10: 1784538744

    In this astonishing new history of wartime Britain, historian Stephen Bourne unearths the fascinating stories of the gay men who served in the armed forces and at home, and brings to light the great unheralded contribution they made to the war effort ... more

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  • Cover image of book Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 by Adam Hochschild
    Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 - by Adam Hochschild

    £9.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781509810604 | ISBN 10: 1509810609

    From the moment it began in 1936, the Spanish Civil War became the political question of the age. Hitler and Mussolini quickly sent aircraft, troops and supplies to the right-wing generals bent on overthrowing Spain's elected government. Millions of ... more

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  • Cover image of book We Kill Because We Can: From Soldiering to Assassination in the Drone Age by Laurie Calhoun
    We Kill Because We Can: From Soldiering to Assassination in the Drone Age - by Laurie Calhoun

    £9.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781783605477 | ISBN 10: 1783605472

    A disturbing and controversial exposé of the ethics of remote-controlled warfare in the twenty-first century.   Welcome to the Drone Age. Where self-defense has become naked aggression. Where courage has become cowardice. Where black ops have ... more

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  • Cover image of book Tamil Tigress: My Story as a Child Soldier in Sri Lanka
    Tamil Tigress: My Story as a Child Soldier in Sri Lanka's Bloody Civil War - by Niromi de Soyza

    £8.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781760293260 | ISBN 10: 1760293261

    In 1987, 17-year old Niromi de Soyza shocked her middle-class Sri Lankan family by joining the Tamil Tigers. Equipped with a rifle and cyanide capsule she was one of the rebels' first female soldiers. Now married and living in suburban Sydney, this i ... more

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  • Cover image of book Life, Death, and Growing Up on the Western Front by Anthony Fletcher
    Life, Death, and Growing Up on the Western Front - by Anthony Fletcher

    £12.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9780300205381 | ISBN 10: 0300205384

    This book was inspired by the authors discovery of an extraordinary cache of letters from a soldier who was killed on the Western Front during the First World War. The soldier was his grandfather, and the letters had been tucked away, unread and unm ... more

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  • Cover image of book Dispatches by Michael Herr
    Dispatches - by Michael Herr

    £9.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9781447275060 | ISBN 10: 1447275063

    With an introduction by Kevin Powers.  A groundbreaking piece of journalism which inspired Stanley Kubrick's classic Vietnam War film Full Metal Jacket.  We took space back quickly, expensively, with total panic and close to maximum b ... more

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  • Cover image of book Warsaw Boy: A Memoir of a Wartime Childhood by Andrew Borowiec
    Warsaw Boy: A Memoir of a Wartime Childhood - by Andrew Borowiec

    £9.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9780241964033 | ISBN 10: 0241964032

    Warsaw Boy is the remarkable true story of a sixteen-year old boy soldier in war-torn Poland. "The best-ever account of what is was like to be young and fighting in the Warsaw Rising"(Neal Ascherson, Sunday Herald, Books of the Year) Poland ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Railway Man by Eric Lomax
    The Railway Man - by Eric Lomax

    £9.99   paperback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9780099583844 | ISBN 10: 0099583844

    Now a major film starring Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman and Jeremy Irvine (Warhorse).  During the Second World War Eric Lomax was forced to work on the notorious Burma-Siam Railway and was tortured by the Japanese for making a crude radio.   ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Sky Wept Fire: My Life as a Chechen Freedom Fighter by Mikail Eldin, translated by Anna Gunin
    The Sky Wept Fire: My Life as a Chechen Freedom Fighter - by Mikail Eldin, translated by Anna Gunin

    £14.99   paperback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9781846273186 | ISBN 10: 1846273188

    On the eve of the first Chechen war in the 1990s, Mikail Eldin was a young and nave arts journalist. By the end of the second war, he had become a battle-hardened war reporter and mountain partisan who had endured torture and imprisonment in a conce ... more

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  • Cover image of book Soldier Box: Why I Won
    Soldier Box: Why I Won't Return to the War on Terror - by Joe Glenton

    £12.99   hardback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9781781680926 | ISBN 10: 1781680922

    A brave, moving account of a soldier who refused to return to Afghanistan.   When the War on Terror began, Joe Glenton signed up to serve his nation. He passed through basic training and deployed to Afghanistan in 2006. What he saw overseas ... more

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  • Cover image of book Somme by Lyn MacDonald
    Somme - by Lyn MacDonald

    £9.99   paperback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9780241952382 | ISBN 10: 0241952387

    'There was hardly a household in the land', writes Lyn Macdonald, 'there was no trade, occupation, profession or community, which was not represented in the thousands of innocent enthusiasts who made up the ranks of Kitchener's Army before the Battle ... more

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  • Cover image of book Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell
    Homage to Catalonia - by George Orwell

    £7.99   paperback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9780141393025 | ISBN 10: 0141393025

    'Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic Socialism as I understand it'. Thus wrote Orwell following his experiences as a militiaman in the Spanish ... more

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  • Cover image of book Radio Congo: Signals of Hope from Africa
    Radio Congo: Signals of Hope from Africa's Deadliest War - by Ben Rawlence

    £10.99   paperback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9781851689651 | ISBN 10: 1851689656

    In this compelling debut, Ben Rawlence sets out to gather the news that never travels far the news of the uneasy peace being made in the towns of Congos silent quarter. Rather than taking the direct flight suggested by aid workers and mercenaries, ... more

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  • Cover image of book To End All Wars: A Story of Protest and Patriotism in the First World War by Adam Hochschild
    To End All Wars: A Story of Protest and Patriotism in the First World War - by Adam Hochschild

    £16.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9780330447447 | ISBN 10: 0330447440

    In this brilliant new work of history, Adam Hochschild follows a group of characters connected by blood ties, close friendships or personal enmities and shows how the war exposed the divisions between them. They include the brother and sister wh ... more

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  • Cover image of book Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves
    Goodbye to All That - by Robert Graves

    £8.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780241951415 | ISBN 10: 0241951410

    'There has been a lot of fighting hereabouts. The trenches have made themselves rather than been made, and run inconsequently in and out of the big thirty-foot high stacks of bricks; it is most confusing. The parapet of a trench which we don't occupy ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz by Denis Avey with Rob Broomby
    The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz - by Denis Avey with Rob Broomby

    £9.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9781444714197 | ISBN 10: 1444714198

    The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz is the extraordinary true story of a British soldier who marched willingly into Buna-Monowitz, the concentration camp known as Auschwitz III.  In the summer of 1944, Denis Avey was being held in a POW labo ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan by Dahr Jamail
    The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan - by Dahr Jamail

    £14.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9781608460953 | ISBN 10: 1608460959

    A prize-winning, unembedded journalist tells the hidden story of American soldiers turning against an unjust war.  Dahr Jamail's comprehensive study of today's military resisters sheds new light on the contours of dissent within the ranks ... more

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  • Cover image of book Phantom Noise by Brian Turner
    Phantom Noise - by Brian Turner

    £9.95   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9781852248765 | ISBN 10: 1852248769

    Shortlisted for the 2010 T.S. Eliot Prize  Brian Turner's first book of poems, Here, Bullet, was a harrowing, first-hand account of the Iraq War by a soldier-poet. In Phantom Noise he pumps up the volume as he faces and tries to deal with the ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Bomb by Howard Zinn
    The Bomb - by Howard Zinn

    £5.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780872865099 | ISBN 10: 0872865096

    As an active WWII bombardier returning from the end of the war in Europe and preparing for combat in Japan, Howard Zinn read the headline "Atomic Bomb Dropped on Japan" and was glad the war would be over. "Like other Americans," writes Zinn, "I had ... more

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  • Cover image of book A Vietnam War Reader: American and Vietnamese Perspectives by Michael Hunt
    A Vietnam War Reader: American and Vietnamese Perspectives - by Michael Hunt

    £9.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780141047027 | ISBN 10: 014104702x

    Nixon: I'd rather use a nuclear bomb. Have you got that ready? Kissinger: Now that, I think, would just be, uh, too much, uh - Nixon: A nuclear bomb, does that bother you? [Kissinger response virtually inaudible] Nixon: I just want ... more

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  • Cover image of book War Child: A Boy Soldier
    War Child: A Boy Soldier's Story - by Emmanuel Jal

    £9.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780349121253 | ISBN 10: 0349121257

    The extraordinary and inspirational story of a boy soldier in the Sudan People's Liberation Army. Emmanuel Jal was seven years old when Sudan's bloody civil war separated him from everything he knew. Believing he was being sent to school, Emmanue ... more

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  • Cover image of book Road from Ar Ramadi: The Private Rebellion of Staff Sergeant Camilo Mejia by Camilo Mejia
    Road from Ar Ramadi: The Private Rebellion of Staff Sergeant Camilo Mejia - by Camilo Mejia

    £14.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9781931859530 | ISBN 10: 1931859531

    Staff Sergeant Camilo Meja became the new face of the antiwar movement in early 2004 when he applied for a discharge from the Army as a conscientious objector. After serving in the Army for nearly nine years, he was the first known Iraq veteran to r ... more

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  • Cover image of book Casualty Figures: How Five Men Survived the First World War by Michelle Barrett
    Casualty Figures: How Five Men Survived the First World War - by Michelle Barrett

    £14.99   hardback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9781844672301 | ISBN 10: 1844672301

    Casualty Figures is not about the millions who died in the First World War; it is about the countless thousands of men who lived as long-term casualties - not of shrapnel and gas, but of the bleak trauma of the slaughter they escaped.  In this p ... more

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  • Cover image of book A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
    A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier - by Ishmael Beah

    £8.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780007247097 | ISBN 10: 0007247095

    The first-person account of a 25-year-old who fought in the war in Sierra Leone as a 12-year-old boy. 'My new friends have begun to suspect that I haven't told them the full story of my life. "Why did you leave Sierra Leone?" "Because there is a war ... more

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  • Cover image of book Desertion Bloody Sunday by Colin E. Demet
    Desertion Bloody Sunday - by Colin E. Demet

    £9.99   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9780955131837 | ISBN 10: 0955131839

    This is a true story which has been written to portray and to share the experience of what it was like for soldiers and civilians on the streets of Belfast during the time period of what has become to be known as Bloody Sunday. A teenage soldier fin ... more

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  • Cover image of book Behind the Lines: Revealing and Uncensored Letters from Our War-Torn World by Andrew Carroll
    Behind the Lines: Revealing and Uncensored Letters from Our War-Torn World - by Andrew Carroll

    £7.99   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9780091903404 | ISBN 10: 0091903408

    For three exhausting years Andrew Carroll travelled the world, zealously collecting unpublished letters and emails from soldiers and civilians from over 35 different countries. The letters covered a staggering range of events, from World Wars I and I ... more

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  • Cover image of book Shockwave: The Countdown to Hiroshima by Stephen Walker
    Shockwave: The Countdown to Hiroshima - by Stephen Walker

    £8.99   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9780719566264 | ISBN 10: 0719566266

    6 August 1945, 9.15 a.m. Six miles above Hiroshima, the bombardier of the Enola Gay releases an atomic bomb into the freezing skies. Seconds later, the city is obliterated in a single, monumental blast of fire. The destruction is immediate and catast ... more

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  • Cover image of book Jarhead: A Marine
    Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles - by Anthony Swofford

    £7.99   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9780743275378 | ISBN 10: 0743275373

    Anthony Swofford's grandfather fought in WWII; his father fought in Vietnam; and he - a directionless, testosterone-battered teenager - became a scout/sniper in the marines and fought in the Gulf War. His account of that time is also part of a lineag ... more

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  • Cover image of book Confessions of an Argentine Dirty Warrior by Horacio Verbitsky
    Confessions of an Argentine Dirty Warrior - by Horacio Verbitsky

    £14.99   paperback   (2005) - ISBN 13: 9781565849853 | ISBN 10: 156584985x

    Retired navy officer Adolfo Scilingo is the first man ever to break the Argentine military's pact of silence, stunning his compatriots and the world by openly confessing to his participation in the hideous practice of pushing live political dissident ... more

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  • Cover image of book Refusenik: Israel
    Refusenik: Israel's Soldiers of Conscience - by Peretz Kidron (ed)

    £31.99   paperback   (2004) - ISBN 13: 9781842774519 | ISBN 10: 1842774514

    Hundreds of Israeli soldiers, called up to take part in controversial campaigns like the 1982 invasion of Lebanon or policing duties in the Palestinian territories today, have refused orders. Many of these 'refuseniks' have faced prison sentences rat ... more

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  • Cover image of book Full Spectrum Disorder:The Military in the New American Century by Stan Goff
    Full Spectrum Disorder:The Military in the New American Century - by Stan Goff

    £9.99   paperback   (2004) - ISBN 13: 9781932360127 | ISBN 10: 1932360123

    Goff's career as a soldier in Army Special Operations (Delta Force, Rangers and Special Forces) took him from the invasions of Vietnam, Grenada, and Haiti, to the training grounds of the Colombian and Peruvian armed forces. He taught military scienc ... more

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  • Cover image of book Forgotten Voices of the Great War by Max Arthur
    Forgotten Voices of the Great War - by Max Arthur

    £9.99   paperback   (2003) - ISBN 13: 9780091888879 | ISBN 10: 0091888875

    In 1960, the Imperial War Museum began a momentous and important task. A team of academics, archivists and volunteers set about tracing WWI veterans and interviewing them at length in order to record the experiences of ordinary individuals in war. Th ... more

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  • Cover image of book War is a Racket by Smedley D. Butler
    War is a Racket - by Smedley D. Butler

    £8.99   paperback   (2003) - ISBN 13: 9780922915866 | ISBN 10: 0922915865

    New edition of the anti-war classic from 1935 by America's most decorated soldier. Smedley Darlington Butler took his Constitutional vows seriously, repelling threats to America both without and within. Shortly after retiring from a lauded career, t ... more

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  • Cover image of book Homage To Catalonia by George Orwell
    Homage To Catalonia - by George Orwell

    £9.99   paperback   (2000) - ISBN 13: 9780141183053 | ISBN 10: 0141183055

    "Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic socialism as I understand it."Thus wrote Orwell following his experiences as a militiaman in the Spanish C ... more

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