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February 6, 2003 9:30 PM   Subscribe

Armed Services Editions. Printed in the millions, publishing incredibly diverse authors and subjects, now semivaluable. What (besides this tiny project) are our servicemen reading today? This is the closest thing I can find, and it’s linkless and referenceless.
posted by interrobang (6 comments total)
Great post!

It's good to know the government wants a broad, liberal arts curriculum for our fightin' men and women.
posted by rocketman at 4:09 AM on February 7, 2003

It's good to know the government wants a broad, liberal arts curriculum for our fightin' men and women.

Well, it's only fair given the broad, liberal rights catalogue the government has lined up for those not going abroad to fight, right?
posted by NekulturnY at 4:17 AM on February 7, 2003

This is a really interesting post interrobang - thanks! I am happy to learn that Shakespeare is included in the reading list - I'd have thought the selections would be more along this line.
posted by madamjujujive at 5:26 AM on February 7, 2003

Erm, madamjujujive, maybe you're not familiar with the belligerant tone of Henry V:

Act III, scene 1 (Henry himself speaking)

"Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Dishonour not your mothers; now attest
That those whom you call'd fathers did beget you.
Be copy now to men of grosser blood,
And teach them how to war.

Act IV, scene 3 (also Henry)

"But we in it shall be remember'd;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother
; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day."

There are reasons why the Pentagon wants soldiers to read this, one fears...
posted by NekulturnY at 6:02 AM on February 7, 2003

Ah, nonsense. Maybe I'll get new books soon.
posted by Lord Chancellor at 8:20 AM on February 7, 2003

Great post, should have received more discussion.

Check BookFinder as another source: I found hundreds there, and saw prices ranging from $4 to $70. I just ordered a collection of poems by Shelley for $4.20. I'm sure there are other great deals to be found.
posted by quarantine at 10:44 AM on February 11, 2003

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