Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Blaine's Top 10 Books - Day 2

The Caine Mutiny, Herman Wouk

Maybe you have to be ex-military for military books to really appeal, but I have to believe that this one would easily cross into the mainstream readership of any civilian bibliophile.  As a former sailor myself, The Caine Mutiny was easy to relate to, and the concept of incompetent leadership – and the untouchable dream of maybe actually being able to do something about it – is certainly nothing new to anyone who has ever put on a uniform.

The problem with The Caine Mutiny is that it seems like it’s going to be a totally justifying ride;  you see the incompetence – bordering on what appears to be insanity – and you can’t help but smile and nod when comeuppance finally walks in the door.  And then, just when you’re ready to close the book in self-righteous completion, Wouk does something really dirty.  And as much as you hate it, you know he’s right.  I won’t elaborate any more than that;  read the book and find out.

(also:  Das Boot;  Run Silent, Run Deep;  The Circle;  The Hunt for Red October;  Sand in the Wind;  Fields of Fire;  All Quiet on the Western Front;  The Thin Red Line)

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