The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0190 Tuesday, 4 February 2003
Date: Monday, 03 Feb 2003 17:09:58 -0500
Subject: DOD Gives GIs Copies of H5
Among the books being given by the Defense Department to soldiers is
Shakespeare's "Henry V," in which the king leads his nation into a
dangerous, unnecessary and unjustified war.
The New York Times
January 26, 2003
The Original Band of Brothers
By JUDITH SHULEVITZ
The director of a literary nonprofit organization, who along with Joseph
Brodsky used to try to persuade motel clerks to slip volumes of poetry
into dressing tables next to the Bibles, finds private funding to revive
a World War II-era military giveaway of great books. The Defense
Department distributes 100,000 free copies of Sun Tzu's "Art of War,"
Shakespeare's "Henry V," a collection of military profiles and another
one of soldiers' letters. The books are printed in elongated
cargo-pocket-sized editions specially pre-aged to look like the old
Armed Services Editions and are handed out during the Christmas season
in the lobby of the Pentagon, on missile-carrying frigates, in Bosnia.
Soldiers are thrilled, and write e-mail messages to reporters in praise
of the program.
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