Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Mouse that Roared

By Leonard Wibberley

A somewhat dated book, this is a famous cold war novel which portrays the absurdities of post war geopolitics and the nuclear arms race using parody and satire. The story revolves around a European micro-state forced to declare war on the USA in order to safe guard its vital interests (in this case, the production of a rare wine), sending a small company of soldiers, dressed in chain mail and armed with long bows and then by a freak set of coincidences, winning the war and on behalf of all the worlds small nations imposing victory conditions to limit the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

The book was easy to read and understand, but the comedy is dated and the object lessons served by the book are some what stale in this 'post nuclear age'. On the whole, the book was readable but far from compelling.

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