In this year’s One Book Villanova selection, The Unforgiving Minute, Craig Mullaney provides an extensive reading list for a “soldier’s education.” Many of these books, as well as others about war and the military, are available in our collection. We’ve chosen a handful of books and DVDs to highlight, spanning centuries and conflicts, including memoir, poetry, fiction and non-fiction.
This small selection can be seen on display at the Library’s first floor entrance. It includes classics such as Shakespeare’s Henry V and Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage, as well as a Vietnam War memoir from Villanova University’s own James J. Kirschke, entitled Not Going Home Alone.
Craig Mullaney visits Villanova University on Monday, Jan. 31. In addition to other campus appearances, he will sign books in the Falvey Memorial Library first floor lounge at 12:30 p.m. For a full roster of events, please see the One Book Villanova special events page.
The Unforgiving Minute is the story of Mullaney’s journey through — and education at — West Point, Ranger School, the University of Oxford, and finally, the battlegrounds of Afghanistan. Booklist called it “an unforgettable portrait of a young soldier grappling with the weight of his hard-earned knowledge while coming to grips with becoming a man.”
Mullaney currently serves as Senior Advisor at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). He graduated second in his class from the United States Military Academy, and his military decorations include the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal with “V” device, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Ranger Tab and Parachutist Badge.