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An interview with Joe Haldeman



This week on What a Hell of a Way to Die, Francis interviews author Joe Haldeman who wrote one of the definitive science fiction books on war, Forever War. A novel about the horrors of war and the horrors of coming home. Listen below or subscribe to the podcast on your favorite podcasting app


Forever War has always been one of my top books because it captures the absurdity of war and the confusion of coming home. After war, everything is different even if very little has changed. You become a person removed from the real world and have to find a way to reintegrate yourself into society.

Then we talk about our favorite gamer representitive Duncan Hunter, who loves war crimes so much that he wishes they weren't actually crimes. I mean sure, at this point if you're an Afghan you probably know someone tangentially related to the insurgency, and most people would say that's not a reason to murder the person and pose with the body during a re-enlistment ceremony. But elected officials tend to think different than the rest of us.

This week’s bonus continues our ‘Is It Fascist?’ review series, with a special war film that you likely know and hate: Kathryn Bigelow’s 2008 Iraq War thriller ‘The Hurt Locker.’ Nate’s wife Cynthia joins us to provide some film-critic civilian perspective. Get it here for $3 a month on the Patreon:

We have a YouTube channel now featuring Thursday Night Lives with Francis -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans:

Francis has a sweet new t-shirt design involving a refreshing glass of Soviet assault rifle. Get it here:


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