The Junior Officers' Reading Club
The Junior Officers' Reading Club: Killing Time and Fighting Wars is a 2009 book by Patrick Hennessey, a former officer in the Grenadier Guards.
It charts his military career, from training at Sandhurst through several campaigns including Iraq and Afghanistan, and vividly describes not only the frenetic violence of a soldier's life, but the periods of stifling and (sometimes) comic boredom, living inside an institution in a state of flux: an Army caught between a world that needs it and a society that no longer understands it.
A version of the book published by Penguin Books with a new Afterword in 2010 details the books that were read in "The Junior Officers' Reading Club". The list is as follows:
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