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Tank: The Progress of a Monstrous War…

Tank: The Progress of a Monstrous War Machine

by Patrick Wright

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Not simply a recitation of the mechanical facts, there's a lot in here about the perception and impact of tanks. My interest is in the very early stages and their use in WWI and perhaps I'd have like a bit more hard detail, but I can probably get that elsewhere. ( )
  Skyehighmileage | Dec 9, 2009 |
Too much human interest. Not enough sixty tonne steel beasts blasting chunks out of each oher. ( )
  jontseng | Feb 11, 2009 |
That this book is listed as published by Penguin (Non-Classics) is not ironic in any sense of the word.

This book is boring on so many levels and it really should not be. The author wants to look at the psychological impact of tanks and the imagery of tanks over the last century. He just goes about his business in a very boring fashion. ( )
  jcovington | Jul 18, 2007 |
A wonderfully eclectic biography of the tank: as constructed entity, as social icon, as symbol of the 20th century. ( )
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It is the embodiment of modern war. From the boxy monstrosities that clanked over trenches and broke the stalemate of World War I to the dreaded German Panzers that extended Hitler's grasp across Europe, to the burning Iraqi hulks that marked the progress of Operation Desert Storm, the tank dominated military theory and practice throughout the twentieth century. And yet it was always far more than this-a fixation in the public mind, a curious compound of fact and fantasy.

In Tank, Patrick Wright offers an entertaining, insightful, even meditative account of this emblematic vehicle. A brilliant work of military history, this book also explores the tank as a social and cultural object. The author interweaves classic armored campaigns such as the blitzkrieg and Desert Storm with the stunning political impact of tanks in the streets of Prague in 1968 and in Tiananmen Square in 1989. He also explores how the tank became the symbol of technological futurism and unstoppable progress, as well as of totalitarian oppression.

Patrick Wright is effortlessly witty and compelling from start to finish, from an interview with legendary Israeli warrior General Israel Tal to a tour of the high-tech armor training center at Fort Knox, to discussions of songs, movies, and television images that kept the tank at the forefront of popular imagination.

"A hugely enjoyable work . . . an immensely readable, well-researched book, filled with interesting detours, unusual stories and idiosyncratic discussions relating the tank to philosophy, religion, art, politics, and even necromancy." (General Sir Michael Rose, in the Times, London)

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Chronicles the creation and evolution of the tank, discussing the tank's infancy during the First World War and the Russian Revolution, through its use in the Six Day War and the Gulf War.

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