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Starship Troopers (1959)

by Robert A. Heinlein

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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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But slow in the middle, very good ending ( )
  LibraryJamesMac | Sep 16, 2023 |
Robert Heinlein's tale of Mobile Infantry member Juan "Johnnie" Rico's journey from a student unsure of his future to an experienced, but still nervous when it counts, 2nd Lieutenant and veteran of "The Bug War," treads a very fine line between satire of and love note to militarism. Heinlein's writing at times glorifies and honors the bonds built between soldiers as shown with Johnnie's relationships to his superior officers and his own father. But at other turns he lays out plain what so often rampant militarism can cause: soldiers with missing limbs, men dying in battles and wars that they don't even understand the purpose of, a war time atmosphere at home that can stifle civilian industry and rip families apart as men and women are drafted to replenish those lost at an unsustainable rate. Starship Troopers does well to demonstrate a lot of the mixed feelings people feel about war and veterans: an opposition to war and what it costs, but veneration for those who serve in it for their sacrifices. ( )
  James_Knupp | Jan 20, 2023 |
I kept expecting this to be satirical but it never actually was ( )
  jammymammu | Jan 6, 2023 |
Robert Heinlein has served up a nice military novel in an interstellar setting. It remains my favourite Heinlein novel. The movie is also quite entertaining. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Jan 4, 2023 |
this is the second military space fiction novel that I've read and... I am really enjoying military space fiction.

its funny how it takes government and distills it to a fascist like state and I disagreed... then agreed .. then thought about a strong rebuttal for the ideas presented in here.

didn't expect that, but with books, I've come to not expect anything :) ( )
  zenseiii | Dec 13, 2022 |
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Robert A. Heinleinprimary authorall editionscalculated
Brambilla, FrancoIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Caldwell, TomCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davies, Gordon C.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Edwards, LesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Giancola, DonatoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Haldeman, JoeIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hickman, StephenIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
James, LloydNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lehr, PaulCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lundgren, CarlCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Warhola, JamesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I always get the shakes before a drop.
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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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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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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