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War Nerd epub ebook

by Gary Brecher

War Nerd epub ebook

Author: Gary Brecher
Category: Politics & Government
Language: English
Publisher: Soft Skull Press (July 1, 2008)
Pages: 328 pages
ISBN: 0979663687
ISBN13: 978-0979663680
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 519
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I’ve been saying for a long time that aircraft carriers are just history’s most expensive floating targets, and that they were doomed. The Harpoon missle that Brecher describes sure sounds like something that has a targetting system, and it can behave the way a ballistic-missle could upon acquiring the target.

John Carroll Dolan (born July 1955) is an American poet, author and essayist. He has been revealed as the once-secret identity behind the pseudonym Gary Brecher, fictional author of the War Nerd column for now-defunct newspaper the eXile. John Dolan now writes as the War Nerd, no longer "in full character" as Brecher, the two identities having merged.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. It's well known that 'Gary Brecher' is a pen name, the author has even referred to him as a character, but throughout the book he uses events from 'his' life to explain points

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. It's well known that 'Gary Brecher' is a pen name, the author has even referred to him as a character, but throughout the book he uses events from 'his' life to explain points. And I'm just never sure how we're supposed to read them. Are these things that actually happened to the author?

In it I discuss everything from wars past and present to my own personal wanderings through southern Europe.

Self-described war nerd Gary Brecher knows he’s not alone, that there’s a legion of fat, lonely Americans, stuck in stupid, paper-pushing desk jobs, who get off on reading about war because they hate their lives. But Brecher writes about war, too. War Nerd collects his most opinionated, enraging, enlightening, and entertaining pieces.

Utne Reader Self-described war nerd Gary Brecher knows he’s not alone, that there’s a legion of fat, lonely Americans, stuck in stupid, paper-pushing desk jobs, who get off on reading about war because they hate their lives. peacekeepers, the neo-cons-and the massive incompetence of military powers.

One can love or hate Gary Brecher, . There is really nothing new in what Brecher writes, but his article is interesting as an illustration that it is possible to get it for an American journalist, provided he/she wants to. the War Nerd for his style or the the magazine he usually writes for (the eXile in Russia). But I would argue that he has far more common sense that most of the talking heads on the TV, including the generals and so-called specialists of the Middle-East. The Saker ---. From Lebanon To Iraq: We’re In Deep Shia Now.

Gary Brecher is the author of The War Nerd, a twice-monthly column discussing current wars and other military conflicts, published in the eXile and now NSFWCorp. A collection of his columns was published by Soft Skull Press in June 2008 (ISBN 0979663687). Brecher analyzes military strategy, tactics, and contexts of ongoing and past conflicts.

War Nerd, Gary Brecher'in gönderisini paylaştı. Here's RWN covering everything from the Russian "withdrawal" to mournful Paddy's Day memories. Radio War Nerd, Episode 17, 2016. 19 Mart 2016, 07:01 · Herkese Açık.

Self-described war nerd Gary Brecher knows he’s not alone, that there’s a legion of fat, lonely Americans, stuck in stupid, paper-pushing desk jobs, who get off on reading about war because they hate their lives. But Brecher writes about war, too. War Nerd collects his most opinionated, enraging, enlightening, and entertaining pieces. Part war commentator, part angry humorist àla Bill Hicks, Brecher inveighs against pieties of all stripes — Liberian generals, Dick Cheney, U.N. peacekeepers, the neo-cons — and the massive incompetence of military powers. A provocative free thinker, he finds much to admire in the most unlikely places, and not always for the most pacifistic reasons: the Tamil Tigers, the Lebanese Hezbollah, the Danes of 1,000 years ago, and so on, across the globe and through the centuries. Crude, scatological, un-P.C., yet deeply informed, Brecher provides a radically different, completely unvarnished perspective on the nature of warfare.
Reviews (7)
Umsida
Gary Brecher is not the greatest writer in the world nor is he the greatest thinker on war: he is what he claims to be though, The War Nerd. Brecher's wit is razor sharp and his understanding of tactics of war shifting in the 20th and 21th century is almost staggering. His politics are opaque: a dash of realism, a hint of paleo-conservatism, and a want to pillage any village Victor David Hansen and most neo-conservative writers step food in. Brecher also "tells it like it is" in a way that can people very uncomfortable but unlike most people who do this, he doesn't have a identity-based ideology for you to buy.

These are his aughts columns and blog-posts for the eXile, and it is clear that Brecher is persona in them. Indeed, Brecher (poet John Dolan) is more of an academic and humanist than his persona here lets on or my snide comment about his constant use of sentence fragments indicates. Brecher understands the shifting focus of war, however, and clearly has obsessed over it. Brecher can be appear bigoted and yet he also can write admiringly of peoples who no one seems to otherwise give a s*** about. He can be a knee-jerk anti-communism who admires female Soviet snipers and communist guerillas. Indeed, what becomes clearer--particularly once you read Brecher's writings for NSFW Corps and Pando, Brecher is not nearly as conservative as he is playing. He is doing satire at points about the nature of conservative war writing and pointing out each pain-staking hypocrisy. Furthermore, Brecher is also adapt at showing that liberal and left pieties are often just as hypocritical of anyone east of Victor David Hansen.

That said, it is hard to know exactly much is an truly satire as Brecher's understanding of war, counter-insurgency, and the actual goings on of places like South Asia and the African horn are profound. Brecher is best in talking about conflicts most people don't know about: Pakistan-India, Sri Lanka's civil war, the wars of the African Horn, and pointing out hypocrisies in Tom Clancy. It is also true that some of the romanticism of war may not be act on Brecher's part, but it is hard to say. The totally unblinkered truth is impossible, but Brecher is about as close as you come when he is getting to the brass tacks of asymmetrical warfare and counter-insurgency as well as tribal wars.

This is a good start with Brecher, but honestly, the War Nerd, even if it is a persona, is worth reading regardless of your politics or if you actually like living in Fresno.

Rishason
The War Nerd is an armchair general who has spent years analyzing the wars of the world from the comfort of his office chair. His writings should not be this good, this interesting or this insightful, but somehow they are. This book collects several essays from the last 2-3 years (so 2012-2013), many are available online but it's nice to have them in one place.

Other reviewers mentioned the lack of a table of contents, my copy has one, but it only appears if you use the 'go to' menu, it's not part of the text. I hope that helps you make a choice.

As for content, Brecher is opinionated, politically incorrect, and at times just offensive, but he's also smart, has style and is impossible to put down. I must have highlighted close to a third of the book, there's so much quotable stuff.

Covering everything from Pancho Villa, to Iraq & Syria to the Congo, Brecher has a talent for getting into the heads of jihadis, terrorists, and leaders and explaining their actions in very human terms. His essays on Syria which predict the rise of ISIS are worth the price! This is one of the rare books where I find myself walking through the halls reading it, because I just can't put it down.

Sometimes he has odd conclusions, his dreams of a Tutsi Empire in Central Africa for example are a bit hard to credit, but at least they're entertaining.

One irritation though. It's well known that 'Gary Brecher' is a pen name, the author has even referred to him as a character, but throughout the book he uses events from 'his' life to explain points. And I'm just never sure how we're supposed to read them. Are these things that actually happened to the author? Embellished stories? Made up ones? I've rarely seen a pen name given such a rich biography. And doing this two-step of reading about a fictional author's (presumably) fictional life and then being asked to accept his analysis of real world events is enough to give me whiplash.

But in the end yes, this is a great read and has made me a fan of 'Brecher' and his ongoing adventures.

Melipra
Thoroughly enjoyable collection of articles. Well written with great insight.

I recommend it despite the fact that the last three articles are repeats of earlier pieces. That's more than a little slapdash on the part of the publisher. The rest of the proofreading is Kindle-level poor--several typos and whitespacing issues--but the duplicated content is a new low.

Rainshaper
I missed some of these through the years, and worse - I tried to save them as bookmarks (which got insane.) Here they are neatly gathered into one volume (and despite some of the reviews regarding Kindle versions, there IS a TOC. You just need to click and ask for it.) I bought this one for myself, and someone else gave me the print version of War Nerd. I'm unclear on what, if any, differences there are, but if there are differences, they are so small that a once-over doesn't show them. You may want to check both versions out & buy just one. Or not...

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