Man of War

Man of War

My Adventures in the World of Historical Reenactment

Format
Ebook
Price
$12.99
 
Additional Formats
  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101585719
  • 288 Pages
  • Plume
  • 18 and up

Overview


Confederates in the Attic meets The Year of Living Biblically in a funny and original memoir

In Arkansas, there is a full-scale Roman fort with catapults and ramparts. In Colorado, nearly a hundred men don Nazi uniforms to fight the battle of Stalingrad. On the St. Lawrence River, a group of dedicated history buffs row more slowly than they can walk—along with author Charlie Schroeder, who is sweating profusely and cursing the day he got a book deal.

Taking readers on a figurative trip through time and a literal journey across America, Man of War details an ordinary guy’s attempt to relearn history by experiencing it. Embedding with his fellow countrymen, Charlie Schroeder jumps headlong into the idiosyncratic world of historical reenactment. From encounters with wildlife and frostbite to learning more than he ever expected about guns, ammo, and buttons, Schroeder takes readers to the front lines of bloodless battles in order to show exactly how much the past has to teach us all about our present (and explain why anyone would choose to wear wool in a heat wave).

Praise

Man of War is an unexpected treat!  I was enamored of Charlie Schroeder’s travelogue through the subculture of reenactment and fascinated by his modern take on ancient warfare.  (Who knew the proper buttons were so important?)  They say war is Hell, yet this book is a heck of a lot of fun.”

—Jen Lancaster, bestsellling author of Jeneration X

“Charlie Schroeder has produced a rollicking good ride in this compulsively scintillating book. From first page to last, it is an often surprising delight.”

—Jay Winik, bestselling author of April 1865

“A hilarious romp through 3000 years of history, one forced march at a time.”

—J. Maarten Troost, author of The Sex Lives of Cannibals

“The wonderfully funny and humane Charlie Schroeder has served his country valiantly, and now we should all honor him by buying his book. The best way to spread the word? A period-authentic confetti cannon.”

—Henry Alford, author of Would It Kill You to Stop Doing That?

“An entertaining read. The companionable author’s gimlet eye rarely misses the absurd or touching incidents he encountered during his explorations.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“An offbeat, occasionally insightful and funny memoir”

—The Wall Street Journal

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