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The Book at War: How Reading Shaped Conflict and Conflict Shaped Reading

by Andrew Pettegree

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"In The Book at War, Pettegree explores the various roles that books have played in conflicts throughout the globe, from manuals on military strategy to political novels that helped push public opinion toward war, to the Nazis' use of book burnings. As Pettegree points out, the printed word has always been employed both as a weapon and as a force for peace. The Book at War explores this contradiction, accounting for the power-and the ambivalence-of words at war"--… (more)

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"In The Book at War, Pettegree explores the various roles that books have played in conflicts throughout the globe, from manuals on military strategy to political novels that helped push public opinion toward war, to the Nazis' use of book burnings. As Pettegree points out, the printed word has always been employed both as a weapon and as a force for peace. The Book at War explores this contradiction, accounting for the power-and the ambivalence-of words at war"--

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