The Book at War

Andrew Pettegree

The Book at War
Format
Hardback
Publisher
Profile Books Ltd
Country
United Kingdom
Published
5 October 2023
Pages
480
ISBN
9781800814936

The Book at War

Andrew Pettegree

Chairman Mao was a librarian. Stalin was a published poet. Evelyn Waugh served as a commando - before leaving to write Brideshead Revisited. Since the advent of modern warfare, books have all too often found themselves on the frontline.

In The Book at War, acclaimed historian Andrew Pettegree traces the surprising ways in which written culture - from travel guides and scientific papers to Biggles and Anne Frank - has shaped, and been shaped, by the conflicts of the modern age.

From the American Civil War to the invasion of Ukraine, books, authors and readers have gone to war - and in the process become both deadly weapons and our most persuasive arguments for peace.

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