Soldiers and Civilization covers the history of the military profession in the Western World from the ancient Greeks to the present day. Drawing from military history, sociology, and other disciplines, it goes beyond traditional insights to locate the military profession in the context of both literary and cultural history. Reed Bonadonna maintains that soldiers have made an unacknowledged contribution to the theory and practice of civilization, and that they will again be called upon to do so in important ways. The comprehensive nature of the book and the extent to which Bonadonna draws on the disciplines of the humanities to make his points set this volume apart from others on the subject. The military profession, in its broadest consideration, might be viewed as an interdisciplinary branch of the humanities. A soldier is made of the words of history, poetry, and the laws and language of his calling. With each new conflict, the military may be called upon to preserve the values of civilization. To fulfill its future role, the military professionals of today must know, heed, and apply the examples and narratives of the most successful and exemplary military professionals of the past at their best.
ResearchGate contains more of my writing, to include a recently revised draft introduction to my book-in-progress, “How to Think Like an Officer: A Guide for Officers and Others.”
<a href=”https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Reed_Bonadonna”>Reed Bonadonna on ResearchGate</a>
Those of you who’ve looked at my writings on military prudence know that I frequently cite the work of Gregory Reichberg. Dr. Reichberg did me the honor of asking me to review his book on Thomas Aquinas in the Journal of Military Ethics. A link to the review is pasted below. This just appeared today.
Last Friday, the Ensign James F. Burke, Jr. Chapter of the Association of the US Navy did me the honor of having me as the guest speaker for their annual Mess Night. Also in attendance were my invited guests, Col Tom McFarland, USMCR (Ret), Major Bob Cypher, USMCR (Ret) and former Army Bandsman Bob Ranier. I received the Admiral Farragut Book Award from outgoing Mess President Tom Dufficy. A fun night, and I signed and sold quite a few copies of Soldiers and Civilization.
The Strategy Bridge just published my latest article on “Adaptive Leadership and the Warfighter.” See the link below. My thanks as always to the editors and other dedicated folks at The Bridge.
Pasted below is a link to my latest contribution to The Strategy Bridge.
Sending out a reminder of my talk at the Navy Museum in Washington on Wednesday, 29 Sept.
Also, see the link below for a great new review of Soldiers and Civilization by Pauline Shanks Kaurin on The Strategy Bridge.
12 P.M.-1 P.M., Bldg. 70, Washington Navy Yard, DC
In this lecture, Reed Robert Bonadonna will summarize some of the main arguments of his book of the same title including the profession of arms has made an important and usually unacknowledged contribution to the development of civilization, the profession of arms may be considered a branch of the humanities, and that soldiers will be called upon both to protect and to embody the values of civilization in the future. In effect, he is making a historical argument for the sense that many military members are much more than “managers of violence.”