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#78- Jünger’s Storm of Steel

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This week Scott and Karl read Storm of Steel by Ernst Jünger, the memoir widely viewed as the best account ever written of fighting in WW1. Printed in 1920, this book illuminates not only the horrors but also the fascination of total war, seen through the eyes of a German soldier. “Ernst is a generous soul who can see the good in all things,” according to Scott.

Forged by the storm of steel, Jünger is able to share a thoughtful depiction of both the good and the bad parts of war as part of the human experience.

Karl says, “Reading this book, you can understand something of human nature… there’s the temptation to think that we’re the good ones, we’ll do it right, we’ll bend the arc of history. Everyone has already thought that through history.”

Tune in to learn more about the book that has accomplished what so many others claim but are not: a classic account of war.

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