Author - Patrick Hennessey
Publisher - Penguin
Edition - 2010
Binding - Paperback
Language -
Pages - 336
Condition - Used
Patrick Hennessey is pretty much like any other member of Generation X: he spent the first half of the noughties reading books at university, going out, listening to early-90s house on his iPod and watching war films. He also, as an officer in the Grenadier guards, fought in some of the most violent combat the British army has seen in decades. \n \nTelling the story of how a modern soldier is made, from the testosterone-heavy breeding ground of Sandhurst to the nightmare of Iraq and Afghanistan, The Junior Officers' Reading Club is already being hailed as a modern classic. \n \n'Soldiers who can write are as rare as writers who can strip down a machinegun in 40 seconds' \nChristopher Hart, Sunday Times \n \n'An extraordinary memoir ... Hennessey has a reporter's eye for detail and a soldier's nose for bullshit' \nJohn Shirley, Guardian \n \n'High tempo, full-on, honest and revealing' \nPatrick Bishop, Evening Standard \n \n'The most accomplished work of military witness to emerge from British war-fighting since 1945' \nBoyd Tonkin, Independent  \n \n'Remarkable ... conveys vividly what it's like to experience combat' Jeremy Paxman, \nDaily Telegraph, Books of the Year \n \nPatrick Hennessey (b. 1982) joined the Army in January 2004, undertaking officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst where he was awarded the Queen's Medal and commissioned into The Grenadier Guards. He served as a Platoon Commander and later Company Operations Officer from the end of 2004 to early 2009 in the Balkans, Africa, South East Asia and the Falkland Islands and on operational tours to Iraq in 2006 and Afghanistan in 2007, where he became the youngest Captain in the Army and was commended for gallantry.

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