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On Military Memoirs. Soldier-authors, publishers, plots and motives

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This thesis is a mixed-method study into military Afghanistan autobiographies from the US, UK, Canada, Germany and the Netherlands published between 2001 and 2010.

Although there are quite a few soldiers who write autobiographies about their deployment experiences, a comprehensive profile does not exist that provides reliable, quantifiable insight into 21st century soldier-authors that exceeds the Anglo-American view, especially when it comes to (self-published) books. This study makes up for these deficiencies by studying all non-fiction, autobiographical books, first published between 2001 and 2010 in Dutch, English or German in the US, the UK, Canada, Germany and the Netherlands that (mainly) deal with the deployment experiences of military personnel in Afghanistan and are intended for the public at large. To answer these questions, this study uses statistical analysis in combination with qualitative descriptive coding techniques to provide a cross-cultural analysis of five different Western countries.

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Kleinreesink, L. H. E., 2014. On Military Memoirs. Soldier-authors, publishers, plots and motives. PhD. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Available at: <http://hdl.handle.net/1765/51741>.