Dear Readers, although I am the quintessential bureaucrat (Balzac is my middle name, after all), I also dabble in teaching from time to time. I am looking to refresh a course on civil-military relations and, as part of that process, to spruce up the fictional offerings with which I pepper my syllabus. So, given that crowdsourcing is the new analogue for wisdom, I am seeking your suggestions.
Of course, there are the usual canonical choices. For books, there are Starship Troopers and 1984. For films there is Dr. Strangelove. I am not looking at ‘war’ more generally (Christopher Coker’s wonderful new book Men at War from Hurst ploughs this fertile ground with effortless aplomb); I very much want to focus on allowing students to examine civil-military relations in an applied setting, albeit a fictional one. The works can highlight the relationship between the political executive and the military and/or between the military and society. While I am sure there will be a number of pieces set in America, other milieux would be more than welcome. Past, present, future; literal, allegorical…bring them on!