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Defending Civilization: A Novel

O'Connor, Philip F.

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ISBN 10: 1555841244 / ISBN 13: 9781555841249
Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1988
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Ivory cloth spine over olive green boards, green titles. By the author of Stealing Home. Book near new with 2 pages wrinkled at foreedge. DJ near fine with slight shelfwear. Uncommon. 305 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 1451

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Title: Defending Civilization: A Novel

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition.

Book Type: Book

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Young officer Thomas Hanlon encounters the dilemma of moral responsibility and questions the distinctions between good and evil when he meets the formidible Major Shea at Greenham Common in the 1950s

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This second novel (Stealing Home) set on an Army base in the 1950s, offers a refreshing alternative to the yuppie dilemmas of much current fiction. Fledgling Lt. Thomas Hanlon narrates the story of moral conflict: should he comply with the deceit practiced by hard-drinking, self-righteous Major Shea, or should he blow the whistle on his superior officer? Shea's pragmatic approach to the politics of the cold war is unnerving, and Hanlon, witness to more than one incident of unorthodox maneuvering, is trapped between his loyalty to Shea and his desire to behave ethically. Disturbed and confused, Hanlon finally makes his choice and swiftly sees consequences. Written in punchy language and full of vivid imagery, the novel's only failing is the abruptness with which the story ends. If the author had permitted a broader picture to emerge, this book might have ranked with Captain Newman, M.D. and Mister Roberts. It's an intensely male narrative; the good vs. evil tension is not ameliorated by any significant feminine influence. The '50s setting is here mirrored by the moral outlook and narrow vision of these characters.
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