This Week and Next
Thus endeth our series, The Warrior Ethos. To read the full book for free, click here. A “lightbox” will open. For those (like me) who are not 100% hip to lightboxes, they’re like e-books except you don’t need a Kindle or an iPad; you can read them on your regular laptop or desktop.
Once you’re in the lightbox, open the window wide till you see PREVIOUS | NEXT in the lower left hand corner; then just “turn the pages.” Clicking on a page also turns it. There’s a CLOSE button in the lower right when you want to quit.
The Warrior Ethos is also available on amazon.com as a paperback and a Kindle e-book. We’ll have an audio version soon.
Now: next week.
The response has been so enthusiastic to these Monday posts that I didn’t want to shut that day down. So next week we’ll inaugurate a different-but-related series.
We’re calling it War Stories until we come up with a better name. What it’ll be is a “greatest hits” sampling from the hundreds of obscure (and not so obscure) books that I’ve been pouring into my brain for the past thirty or more years.
I’ll be your guide. We’ll go deep into the vault and bring back stuff that’s rich in wisdom, lore and B-vitamins.
Just how deep and obscure will that get?
We’ll start next week with the love story of Panthea and Abrocomas from Xenophon’s The Education of Cyrus. Is that arcane enough? Bring a handkerchief, trust me. If you’re not in tears by the end, you have no heart.
I plan to feature stuff from Hemingway to Homer, from von Manstein to Moshe Dayan. Posts will come from movies and plays, myths and legends, from journalism and personal correspondence and combat reports. Not all of it will be “war stuff.” But it will all deal with issues of honor and virtue and courage in the face of adversity. A lot of it will be real literature. All of it will be inspiring.
I also want to invite everyone to chip in with their own stories. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Suggest passages–1000 words or less–from favorite books. Or send in something you’ve written yourself. Tell us about a patrol in Kunar province, or a letter your Dad sent to you from Pleiku in 1969. If it’s great, we’ll run it.
Thanks to all who have followed The Warrior Ethos from the start. I hope this new series will maintain the momentum and even take it a little further.