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Top 40 Book Club : December 2009
37 THE JUNIOR OFFICERS READING CLUB PATRICK HENNESSEY Patrick Hennessey has courted controversy with this memoir of his time serving in the Grenadier Guards. Tempering brutal honesty with casual glibness, he takes his readers into a world where the possibility of killing holds a perverse allure and where soldiers look forward to war only to have some good stories to tell back home. It is an irony- free zone and Hennessey leads the reader on a 'tour of duty' for the new millennium. Books, movies and music provide not only a background to his time of service, but create an appropriate context to a world seen through the night-scope vision of the first war in Iraq. 'Patrick Hennessey has courted controversy with this memoir of his time serving in the Grenadier Guards'