The Pen and the Sword, the podcast of the Military Writers Guild, seeks to examine war and the written word through discussions with service members, veterans, civilian analysts, and writers.
On remembering war
In today's episode of The Pen and the Sword, Adin is joined by Randy "Charlie Sherpa" Brown, author of "FOB Haiku" and Barry Alexander, author of "On Afghanistan's Plains." The trio discuss the various ways in which we talk about and remember war, the role of humor in bridging the civilian-military divide, and more.
Guest Episode - War Stories, 1.1
Today, we're featuring a guest episode of a new project from MWG members Adin Dobkin and Angry Staff Officer. You can find their show, War Stories, at www.warstoriescast.com.
In Northern France on July 14th, 1916, a cavalry unit from Hyderabad made what most consider to be the final cavalry charge of World War I before the invention of tanks. The unit, Deccan Horse, represented the last gasp of the old way of battle — a way upended by the grinding slog of the Great War. This is their story.
On The Valley - Book Club Episode One
On the first episode of The Pen and the Sword Book Club, Adin discusses John Renehan's The Valley alongside U.S. Army Officer Luke O'Brien, Carrie Morgan, the author of The Road Back from Broken, and Pauline Shanks Kaurin, Professor of Ethics at Pacific Lutheran University.
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Thoughtful, fun and informative.
Well intentioned, and it's nice to know there are fellow vets with book interests, but based on "The Valley" episode, a bit of a swing and a miss. Seemed to collectively miss or misread several plot points, and none of the other participants in the discussion seemed to catch it. Was mentioned that some discussion regarding the book took place before everyone was finished, so perhaps this incorrectly colored the remainder of the read for those individuals. That isn't to defend the book from criticism, because it has its flaws, but not so many as you might assume after listening here, provided you follow the thread correctly. Rolled my eyes a few too many times, so I'll pass for now. That said, this was their first time breaking down a book on the podcast, so maybe I'll revisit and reevaluate later in time.
interesting concept and good work
These guys are good. They bring a lot of nuance to the discussion of military topics at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels. They go beyond the surface with academic integrity. The contributors are all competent and seem to have varying levels of hands-on experience. It will be interesting to see if they ever address the challenges civilian communities (fitness) have in filling the ranks and the generational divide between modern day youth and the general/admiral ranks. These are major issues as demands expand.