The Junior Officers' Reading Club: Killing Time And Fighting Wars

The Junior Officers Reading Club Killing Time And Fighting Wars Patrick Hennessey is a graduate in his s He reads Graham Greene listens to early s house on his iPod and watches Vietnam movies He has also as an officer in the Grenadier Guards fought in some

  • Title: The Junior Officers' Reading Club: Killing Time And Fighting Wars
  • Author: Patrick Hennessey
  • ISBN: 9781846141867
  • Page: 120
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Patrick Hennessey is a graduate in his 20s He reads Graham Greene, listens to early 90s house on his iPod and watches Vietnam movies He has also, as an officer in the Grenadier Guards, fought in some of the most violent combat the British army has seen in a generation This is the story of how a modern soldier is made, from the testosterone heavy breeding ground of SandhPatrick Hennessey is a graduate in his 20s He reads Graham Greene, listens to early 90s house on his iPod and watches Vietnam movies He has also, as an officer in the Grenadier Guards, fought in some of the most violent combat the British army has seen in a generation This is the story of how a modern soldier is made, from the testosterone heavy breeding ground of Sandhurst to the nightmare of Iraq and Afghanistan Showing war in all its terror, boredom and exhilaration, The Junior Officers Reading Club is already being hailed as a modern classic.

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  • Patrick Hennessey

    Patrick Hennessey was born in 1982 and educated at Berkhamsted School and Balliol College, Oxford, where he read English He 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 Patrick is currently studying to become a barrister and hopes to specialize in conflict and international humanitarian law.


  • Another book on men enjoying war and not justifying it politically or morally. Not in the same class as Junger's War, but the same sentiments: give a boy a gun and he and his friends will have fun until tea-time, give a man a gun and real live targets to shoot at and he's in heaven, or might be soon.

  • Very, very well wrought and very, very conscious of it's place as the first reflective book written by a soldier in his generation.I read this because I took a class with the author this summer. He didn't talk about the book until after the class had ended and most everyone had left, only a few of us sitting around. He said that one thing he appreciated about America was the tradition of educated, well-written officers in the armed forces. So he wrote this to try to start that up in the UK. Ther [...]

  • Patrick Hennessey’s reflections of life in the British army from Sandhurst Military Academy through Palace guard duty then military tours into Bosnia, Iraq and, finally, Afghanistan are not an easy read. His work is filled with British slang, personal references and military acronyms. And as one reviewer noted, his prose is “quirky, unconventional, at times stream of consciousness, at others obscure.” For most reviewers, even with those difficulties, there was great value in the book. I am [...]

  • Even before the British army totally f**ked up its mission in Basra (aided by the predilection of the squaddies for torturing and murdering the locals) it was paying Patrick Hennessey £1,000 a year bursary towards his university tuition fees. In return he went to Sandhurst, and we should all be grateful. Hennessey’s is a voice unique in our age, reminiscent of an earlier one when privileged young men faced with mud, gas, dismemberment and trenches, brought home to an all-too-soon-to-forget wo [...]

  • I have a rule with books that I must read to the half way point before I allow myself to give up on a bad novel. Struggling for days through this monotonous bore of a book – both in style and in story content – I was desperately looking forward to abandoning Patrick Hennessey’s The Junior Officers' Reading Club. Hennessey writes in an endless stream of consciousness which doubled with his experiences of boredom at Sandhurst (an Officers’ training academy for the British Army) makes for a [...]

  • This memoir is heartbreakingly good, and I don't understand how a person can achieve such wisdom so young; it shifts effortlessly between situations that are farcically ridiculous to ones that are brutal, confusing, and terrifying, telling both with equal skill. Any ideas the reader might have about the military being glamorous or like the movies will be quickly and rudely spoiled, but they'll be replaced by an appreciation for the intense connections and family-like bonds people form when they [...]

  • In the past several years I have read dozens of military memoirs from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, but all have been from an American standpoint. Hennessey's is the first I've read by a British army officer. The writing, not surprisingly, is excellent. Hennessey's reasons for entering the army after what appears to have been a very privilged life and university are somewhat vague, although it seems fairly certain that he mostly wanted to test himself in ways that only the military life and the [...]

  • Seriously considering skipping to the end. I never used to to do that but life is busy and there are more books to read than I will ever possibly find the time to tackle. Despite the back flap description this is in no way a book about books or reading let alone a reading club. I am more than halfway through and the stream of consciousness style prose, army slang, British slang and pop culture package is just driving me nuts. Oh, and the language - I am usually able to ignore most foul language [...]

  • Patrick Hennessey's soldiering memoir is a surprisingly self-aware read. A former officer in the Grenadier Guards he has written a remarkably postmodern work of the same ilk as Swofford's Jarhead. A generation of smart, educated and well read young men, entirely aware of the horrors of war, but also quite keen to kill someone.Hennessey's account is part impossibly posh public schoolboy romp: Sandhurst "Hogwarts with guns", the officers "tray" in Inkerman Company (a sort of giant tuck shop) and t [...]

  • Despite being a pacifist who doesn't really get why anyone would want to be a soldier, I am interested in war and books about war. I have read some great books on the subject (some that come to mind include `Despatches' by Michael Kerr, `Stalingrad' by Antony Beevor, even `Bravo Two Zero' is a rip-roaring read that gave me some helpful insights). I am sorry to report that - despite the gushing praise all over the cover of this book - that, in comparison this book is pretty dull.In essence, a man [...]

  • I finish this book with great solemnity, trying to fight its conclusions: that surely Hennessey's conclusions are particular and that those who charge off to war, however reluctantly, may return unchanged. One hopes that these warriors may return from distant battlefields to find closure for those they leave behind and may nurse their moral wounds to where their scars fade and are forgotten under suits and stained t-shirts. One must believe that your initial distaste for killing and aversion to [...]

  • Bought this for my husband, who was a huge fan, but if you are not in the "boys who love war" demographic, this is not for you. The writing is completely incoherent. Excerpts from emails are treated with reverence as though they were Joycean stream-of-consciousness, with no seeming sense that you should be crafting prose. I started thinking dark thoughts about how British books are not edited as heavily as American ones, right up until I noticed how Hennessey thanks his editor for being so stric [...]

  • This book had parts which were really gripping and gave you a true sense of what it would be like fighting in Afghanistan and the strong bonds of friendship which form among the soldiers and officers. There are some descriptions which are really quite witty and I found myself trying to supress the giggles at times in order to try and keep up the pretence of me reading a "serious" book tackling a dramatic topic. However, I found large parts of the book hard to follow. I think this had much to do [...]

  • An irreverent, flippant, and visceral read of what goes through the mind of a warrior before, during, and after combat. The military jargon and the British idioms will no doubt lose many an intrepid soul but seize the day and persevere because this is a gem of a book. It tells it like it is. Reminded me a lot of Junger's book on Afghanistan and the film Restrepo. However, this book takes place in Iraq, Bosnia, and the UK as well. Infantry soldiers believe they have a monopoly on human suffering [...]

  • Really interesting account of modern day soldiering with particular emphasis on Afghanistan. Great writing and required reading if you really want to know how it is on the front line.

  • Jumps around a bit but very entertaining. Interesting perspective at times worrying/refreshingly honest. You need a military thesaurus to get through it, luckily I live with one.

  • What I liked were the vivid and often-chaotic descriptions of battle.What I didn't like was the still-misleading title (despite the explanation in the afterword to the paperback edition). Although there were many literary references, far fewer were the attempts at connecting the author's reading experiences to his experiences of war - especially for those that may not have read some of the works he cites.Furthermore, the entire book is a bit disjointed, scattered, as others have pointed out, fil [...]

  • If you think you want to read this book, just skip to page 305 and start there. The title made no sense and I guess so many people have said that he has added an essay at the end to explain. He should have just stopped with the essay. He uses way too much British military jargon, too much British language that isn't normally seen in North America and then the rest is an experiment in rambling free verse that is difficult to decipher. If you like military or operations stories choose a different [...]

  • This feels like a fairly honest account well told in the first person, with all the black humour and bravado left in to get a really good feel of this soldiers experiences. He leaves the reader to juxtapose the ludicrous pretentious language and self proclaimed thirst for fighting or 'hardships' of training/not fighting with the realities of people casually dying or having their limbs blown off or having their relationships destroyed after turning to booze and fighting upon returning to civilian [...]

  • Not always the easiest of reads, but the tone probably captures best the overall ecstasy, and the content is absolutely unquestionable.

  • The Junior Officers Reading Club Killing Times and Fighting Wars by Parick Hennessy is very good giving you a first person view and describing things so they make sense. The main character you follow from the start of his training to the last day of his tour is Patrick Hennessy. You follow him through the horrible degrading times of training to the mental and physical pains of war. You read through the story seeing his kindness leave him and seeing how war changed the 18 to 20 year old men and w [...]

  • A "good read", but due to many wild inaccuracies and his constant self-promotion I often doubted if the author had been in the Army at all. Far from being "the youngest Captain in the Army", for example as he claims, and"commended for his gallantry", he was not promoted early as often happens at 23 or 24 but was promoted at 25 when his promotion was routinely due, and rather tediously he spends five pages complaining about not being given a medal for gallantry.His basic military knowledge often [...]

  • There is not a lot about a reading club here. Hennessey started the reading club in Basra. At Sandhurst (“Hogwarts with guns”); books included: Jary’s 18 Platoon, Romeo Dallaire’s Shake Hands with the Devil and Michael Rose’s Fighting for Peace. The book is not about reading recommendations it is about the life of a young officer in the modern British Army, through Sandhurst to tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.War Movies form a significant part of Sandhurst Teaching Material, films like: [...]

  • The Junior Officers Reading Club Killing Time and Fighting Wars by Patrick Hennessey.Patrick Hennessey describes his infantry and officer training in Britain. Then he describes his tour of duty, first as an honor guard for Buckingham Palace, then his tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is very much a story about being a soldier willing to fight in hard circumstances.Mixed in with his descriptions of of every day soldiering are descriptions of his reading. One of the books he is reading i [...]

  • This has been hailed as a war memoir that is set to be a classic. Early on, I wasn't so sure - he comes across as a pretentious and slightly arrogant Guards subaltern (I suppose that should be no surprise!). But the latter part of the book, describing his experiences in Afghanistan, is powerful and vivid, and possibly one of the best descriptions of combat I have ever read. I actually couldn't put the book down towards the end for the gripping descriptions of the action. He is definitely more in [...]

  • A gripping book that I couldn't put down at times. Hennessey has written a classic memoir of his time in the Armed Forces that should be mandatory reading for new recruits. His writing is engaging, thoughtful and often very humorous (though with dark humour!).In the book he describes his experiences of over 6 years of serving as an Army officer, from the Sandhurst that hasn't fully emerged from a Cold War era way of thinking, to the theatres of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. The latter place and h [...]

  • This is an excellent account of modern life in the British Army. It covers all the bizaree rituals, traditions and seemingly pointless training oficers undergo at Sandhurst, the strange tradition of Ceremonial Duties at the Royal Palaces (and just how little the Officers in guards regiments actually have to do)and then takes the reader to the true horror of modern warfare in Iraq and Afgahnistan. there is no cover up here it is really blood, glory and horror. Some of the finest descriptions of c [...]

  • It's always awkward when an author isn't hugely likeable. This one isn't helped by his unabashed social privilege, frequently testing your empathy as he demobs with the champagne set or identifies with the Bullingdon club (a group known for smashing up restaurants simply because they can afford to). This makes it harder to care as he struggles through his gruelling officers' training. Thankfully it's still interesting to see how the minds of the UK's fighting elite are formed, and this interest [...]

  • I had no real expectations when I began reading this book. The first sections put me off as I found it difficult to follow the style. Perhaps it was a generational difference or British vs American English which made it difficult to assimilate. It might be called a coming-of-age memoir and certainly points up how each generation learns the facts of life and war anew. The growing separation between himself and his civilian friends seems to surprise him - though he recognizes the indoctrination he [...]

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