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Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
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Starship Troopers (original 1959; edition 1987)

by Robert A. Heinlein

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Title:Starship Troopers
Authors:Robert A. Heinlein
Info:Ace (1987), Paperback, 263 pages
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Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein (1959)

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Starship Troopers is a partial, first-person account of the "Bug War," a conflict between humans and a hive-like arachnoid race. But those expecting non-stop combat action will be surprised and perhaps disappointed. (I was pleasantly surprised.) The novel actually tells the story of one soldier's training and rise to full-fledged participant. Sprinkled throughout is a lot of philosophy and discussion of the morality of how the army operates. While it didn't change my mind about anything (it's a work of fiction, after all), I did find it thought-provoking, and I can see why it is considered an important work. ( )
  chaosfox | Feb 22, 2019 |
In Starship Troopers, Robert Heinlein presents his vision of a future utopia. Apparently, there are only two things we need to do to dispose of all of society's problems: institute corporeal punishment (which includes public whipping and public hangings) and reserve citizenship only for those who have served in the military.

In my view, Heinlein does not do a good job of explaining why this militarization of society (if not downright a full descent into fascism) would bring about such bliss, although he attempts to do so on several occasions. You see, in his future, high school students are required to take the course called History and Moral Philosophy, during which they "discuss" these issues. By discuss, I really mean they are being brainwashed into believing the current fascist society is the pinnacle of all past and possible societies. You see, all of past societies' problems were caused by too much leniency for the children and criminals. Therefore, we should let teachers beat students again and have public whippings and hangings.

Heinlein ignores the fact that throughout human history, we've already had military caste rule, fascism and public whippings and executions. Somehow, they seem to have failed to bring about the described utopia, a topic that the History and Moral Philosophy teachers never seem to broach ...

Really, the most interesting part of the book was the description of the war against some sort of spider-like aliens, which takes up the entire second half of the book. The military and communications technology used, the tactics employed and the organisation of the military hierarchy was all quite interesting. That is in contrast with the first part of the book, where the volunteers, which include our hero Johnny, go through basic training camp, which is just like any other "Drop and give me 50" boot camp nonsense that you've seen on TV.

Only recommended if you are willing to ignore the despicable moral "philosophy" and focus on the technical stuff of how the future of combat might work. ( )
  matija2019 | Jan 8, 2019 |
Not as good as the movie : ( )
  gregrr | Oct 30, 2018 |
Good book by Heinlein. You can tell he really was in the military. This book ages well. It's a little hard to believe it was written in 1959. He has a good story along with the big dose of philosophy. You can tell from this book that, like all good authors, he was a reader. ( )
  ikeman100 | Oct 9, 2018 |
Ugh. So disappointed by this book. Hardly anything actually took place, and I knew so little about the main character that I didn't care what happened to him. If you like reading military maneuvers mixed with philosophy, then this book is for you. Clearly, I'm not. ( )
  Jaynee | Oct 8, 2018 |
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To "Sarge" Arthur George Smith - SOLDIER, CITIZEN, SCIENTIST - AND TO ALL SERGEANTS ANYWHERE WHO HAVE LABORED TO MAKE MEN OUT OF BOYS. R.A.H.
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I always get the shakes before a drop.
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Anyone who clings to the historically untrue-and thoroughly immoral-doctrine that 'violence never settles anything' I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and of the Duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler could referee, and the jury might well be the Dodo, the Great Auk, and the Passenger Pigeon. Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedom.
"The noblest fate that a man can endure is to place his own mortal body betwen his loved home and war's desolation."
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In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial best-sellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the Universe--and into battle against mankind's most frightening enemy.
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Juan Rico signed up with the Federal Service on a lark, but despite the hardships and rigorous training, he finds himself determined to make it as a cap trooper. In boot camp he will learn how to become a soldier, but when he graduates and war comes (as it always does for soldiers), he will learn why he is a soldier. Many consider this Hugo Award winner to be Robert Heinlein's finest work, and with good reason. Forget the battle scenes and high-tech weapons (though this novel has them)--this is Heinlein at the top of his game talking people and politics.

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With Earth embroiled in a vast interplanetary war with the "Bugs," a young recruit in the Federal Reserves relates his experiences training in boot camp and as a junior officer in the Terran Mobile Infantry.

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