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People of the Book

David Stacton

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ISBN
9780571296200
Date Published
17.01.2013
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Summary

People of the Book is set in the Thirty Years’ War, which began and still shapes our present system of world order. David Stacton’s incomparable prose reveals how the treatises of scholars and the tactics of commanders so rarely comprehend the vagaries of the human condition. A book to put on the shelf with Thucydides’ Peloponnesian War and Tolstoy’s War and Peace.’
Professor Charles Hill (author of Grand Strategies: Literature, Statecraft, and World Order)

‘A troubling and fantastic book… Stacton sets up a duel plot. One follows the fortunes of the Swedish King Gustavus Adolphus, the other recounts the fate of an orphaned boy and his little sister who try to make their way across Germany from their ruined home to refuge with an imagined uncle.’ Life

‘[An] extraordinary evocation of the whole spiritual climate of the time; the very vapours of Teutonic mists seem to rise from its pages.’ Frederic Raphael, Sunday Times

DavidStacton

David Stacton (1923-1968) was born Lionel Kingsley Evans in San Francisco. He attended Stanford University before serving in the Civilian Public Service as a conscientious objector during World War II, eventually graduating from the University of California at Berkeley in 1951. Stacton went to Europe after college and ended up staying, in his words, ‘because I liked it and because…

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