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Declarations of War

Len Deighton

Published by Jonathan Cape, Ltd., London, England UK, 1971
ISBN 10: 0224006010 / ISBN 13: 9780224006019
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Title: Declarations of War

Publisher: Jonathan Cape, Ltd., London, England UK

Publication Date: 1971

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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Book is in very good condition with no writing or markings anywhere. Previous owner has written last name on title page. Does have dust jacket which is in good condition, only a small tear on upper spine and upper corner. Has been price clipped on lower flap. ** First UK Edition **. The author Len Deighton expands and develops the idea that the strategies and machines of war push men into dehumanized, machine - like roles which they are very ill-equipped to cope with. Bookseller Inventory # 000020

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A collection of thirteen stories that offer an inside view of fighting men poised at the edge of death. Includes a new fourteenth story which appears here for the very first time.

Len Deighton's only collection of shorter fiction, this dazzling array of stories spans twenty-three centuries of warfare.

From Hannibal's march on Rome - when strange, moving objects terrorise the troops of one of the toughest and most skilful armies in history - to the efforts of a belittled Civil War general to get his men to face the Confederate army; to the dawn skies above an artillery-blasted French battle-line where a dogfight unfolds, to Vietnam; where two lost American soldiers stumble across an abandoned military airfield. A bonus story, new to this edition, reveals a very different kind of war, played out in the present-day Mexican borderlands.

Each story in Declarations of War explores the effects of war upon man's character, how it pushes him to act in a dehumanized, machine-like way, often leading to extraordinary deeds, both good and ill. It portrays human conflict through a series of devastating experiences and shows how great deeds are often but the smallest thread in the large fabric of war.

Product Description: This dazzling array of stories, Len Deighton's only collection of shorter fiction, spans 23 centuries of warfare.
Deighton's gripping tales range from  Hannibal's march on Rome--when strange, moving objects terrorize the troops of one of the toughest, most skilful armies in history--to a belittled Civil War general's efforts to get his men to face the Confederate army; to the dawn skies above an artillery-blasted French battle-line where a dogfight unfolds; to Vietnam, where two lost American soldiers stumble across an abandoned military airfield.
Each tale in Declarations of War explores the effects of war upon man's character, how it pushes him to act in a dehumanized, machine-like, and sometimes extraordiary way that can lead to both good and ill. Deighton portrays human conflict through a series of devastating experiences and shows how great deeds are often but the smallest thread in the large fabric of war. 
   

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