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The military quotation book : more than 1,200 of the best quotations about war, leadership, courage, victory, and defeat
Charlton, James, 1939-
Revised and expanded, first edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, [2002]

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ix, 182 pages ; 19 cm
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U102 .M598 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Revised and expanded to include over 1,200 quotations, The Military Quotation Book brings together the wisdom of fallen heroes and living politicians, honored statesmen and rebellious writers-quoting official edicts as well as off-the-record remarks.Ten years ago, with World War II, Korea and Vietnam still sharp memories, James Charlton collected words of wisdom about the work of war, usually wise, often witty, all honoring the men and women who do that work. Although this new and expanded edition of The Military Quotation Book was readied for production before U.S. fighters were once more front-page news, it comes at a more than appropriate time. There are over 1,200 quotations, more than twice as many as previously. We hear from thegenerals and admirals of the past and present, from American presidents as well as from those at the bottom of the roster - ordinary enlisted men and women from every branch. Civilians have their varying says as well. This gem of a book is a kaleidoscope of points of view, and every one hits its mark.For everyone who has his or her own take on the military, for history buffs, speechmakers, veterans and those serving now, The Military Quotation Book is a loaded canon of memorable expressions.

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James Charlton is the editor of The Executive's Quotation Book, The Writer's Quotation Book, and Legal Briefs . He lives in New York City.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Whether one believes that patriotism is "the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons," (Bertrand Russell) or that "the man who loves other countries as much as his own stands on a level with the man who loves other women as much as he loves his own wife" (Teddy Roosevelt), one will find something provocative in The Military Quotation Book. Editor James Charlton (The Executive's Quotation Book) has expanded an earlier edition to include musings in categories like "Fear," "Air Power" and "Revolutions." Quotes come from military leaders and civilians through the ages, from Pyrrhus to George Bernard Shaw to Mohammed Daoud. ( Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Charlton, editor of two previous editions of this title, plus The Executives Quotation Book and numerous other titles, has revised his work to include entries from the 21st century. The quotations cover various topics such as the causes of war, fear, mothers and sons, tactics, avoiding the fight, science, the hell that is war, politicians, and pacificism. Some of the material is profound, thoughtful, or prophetic, while other entries are humorous. A wide variety of authors are included, e.g., Mohandas Gandhi, Napoleon Bonaparte, Euripides, Mata Hari, Franz Joseph Strauss; in addition to early and current military leaders, statesmen, religious leaders, philosophers, actors, and common people are featured. However, the lack of a table of contents, an index, or appearance of the quotes in alphabetical order limits the use of the book for serious research. VERDICT While it is mainly a browsing item, with its more than 1,100 entries, military enthusiasts and researchers may find this more interesting than books of general quotations.-Eldon Younce, Anthony P.L., KS (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



WARS AND WHY THEY START There never is a convenient place to fight a war when the other man starts it. ADMIRAL ARLEIGH A. BURKE Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here! JOHN PARKER Although war is evil, it is occasionally the lesser of two evils. MCGEORGE BUNDY It is far easier to make war than to make peace. GEORGES CLEMENCEAU War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today. JOHN F. KENNEDY The tendency to aggression is an innate, independent, instinctual disposition in man ... it constitutes the most powerful obstacle to culture. SIGMUND FREUD War will never cease until babies begin to come into the world with larger cerebrums and smaller adrenal glands. H. L. MENCKEN War is a biological necessity. FRIEDRICH A. J. VON BERNHARDI, German cavalry general War is life multiplied by some number that no one has ever heard of. SEBASTIAN JUNGER, War War is to man what maternity is to a woman. From a philosophical and doctrinal viewpoint, I do not believe in perpetual peace. BENITO MUSSOLINI Most sorts of diversion in men, children and other animals, are in imitation of fighting. JONATHAN SWIFT Most quarrels are inevitable at the time; incredible afterwards. E. M. FORSTER Copyright © 2013 by James Charlton Excerpted from The Military Quotation Book: More Than 1,200 of the Best Quotations about War, Leadership, Courage, Victory, and Defeat by James Charlton All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.