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Required reading at US military academies

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War Hero
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#1
I've been talking to a couple of people I work with about this and that and the conversation moved on to what books we liked. From there two of these people said that they liked Tom Clancy for the way it was so close to the truth and how they were used as training material by the Americans. My response was that must be total balls since it's all fiction and required reading lists generally didn't include fiction.

To back up their arguement I was sent the link below, which says...

Clancy’s books have repeatedly earned No.1 rankings on the New York Times Bestseller list; nearly fifty million copies of his books have been printed, many have been made into movies, and they are even considered required reading at U.S. military academies. He is also a writer of military history, biography, and non-fiction guides to military hardware.
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This is a joke right? An international Wah at least? It seems about as useful to training as Zap Brannigans Big Book of War.
 
#4
Dont forget that military academies in the US are the bastard lovechild of Sandhurst and a red-brick, not just officer training establishments. Therefore they'll have to take academic courses of which one option will probably be military fiction or somethiing similar, and for which they will have to read one or more of the Clancy books.
 
#6
The USMC's Commandant's Reading List has Starship Troopers and Ender's Game on the list.

There's also a few other works of fiction: Rifleman Dodd, "Defence of Duffer's Drift," and I *think* "Red Badge of Courage" are on the list.
 

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#8
Gust.Avrakotos said:
packard1971 said:
Believe it or not so is Starship Troopers.
Nothing wrong with that, it’s an excellent book.
I must admit I do find that easier to believe than Tom Clancy, partly because of it being a very good book and partly because I think a skilled instructor could use it as a very effective teaching aid.
 
#10
Yank_Lurker said:
The USMC's Commandant's Reading List has Starship Troopers and Ender's Game on the list.

There's also a few other works of fiction: Rifleman Dodd, "Defence of Duffer's Drift," and I *think* "Red Badge of Courage" are on the list.
Was it re-named for export? I've always known that book as "Death to the French". A much better title don't you think?
 

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