The Junior Officers’ Reading Club

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Patrick Hennessey, Jr., gives an account of his coming of age as a young enlistee, staving off the tedium and pressures of army life in the Iraqi desert by creating a book club. In The Junior Officers’ Reading Club: Killing Time and Fighting Wars, Hennessey captures how boys grow into men amid the frenetic violence, frequent boredom, and overwhelming responsibilities that frame a soldier's experience.


Patrick Hennessey, Jr.

Comments [3]

Norman from NYC

This guy is very charming and intelligent.

But the striking thing about him is that he completely ignores the fact that Iraq was invaded based on a lie, and killed at least 200,000 innocent people.

Sep. 07 2010 01:57 PM
Noeme from NYC

WNYC is so in love with war, death, and destruction, unbelievable! Are you guys out of your minds? The presenter is laughing as Hennessey is talking about killing people? And Hennessey--are you kidding me? It's SO cool and masculine to go kill brown people--it's fantastic! Gotta go to Baghdad and kill me some brown people.


Sep. 07 2010 01:55 PM
Norman from NYC

I can respect somebody wanting to join the military and serve his country. And I know that many military officers are well-educated and read literature.

However, in our country, most of the listeners to this station believe that the war in Vietnam was wrong, and most of the other wars since then were wrong, including the Iraq war.

I would never join the military, because I would have to fight for a cause that I thought was wrong.

How do you deal with that? Do you think the Iraq war was right?

Do you feel you just have an obligation to fight a war even though you don't believe in it?

Sep. 07 2010 01:55 PM

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