Starship Troopers

  • Release Date:     ISBN: 2038596407581409
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Starship Troopers Book Summary

In Robert A. Heinlein’s controversial bestseller, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the Universe—and into battle against mankind’s most alarming enemy.


The historians can’t seem to settle whether to call this one “The Third Space War” (or the fourth), or whether “The First Interstellar War” fits it better. The soldiers just call it “The Bug War.” Everything up to then and still later were “incidents,” “patrols,” or “police actions.”

In the Mobile Infantry, everybody fights. But you're just as dead if you buy the farm in an “incident” as you are if you buy it in a declared war...

“A classic…If you want a great military adventure, this one is for you.”—All SciFi

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Starship Troopers - Robert A. Heinlein Reviews

  • Still A Good Read

    By Quixote01
    I first read Starship Troopers back in 1993 while I was out on a 45 day field exercise at Ft. Bragg. At the time I wasn't much of a reader but someone told me that Starship Troopers was "required reading" by the cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. To this day I don't know if that statement is true but since then I have read the book five more times and I still find it entertaining. It's few of a society where you earn your benefits instead of just getting them for free as a handout is in total contrast with our present society. We could all stand to learn a little from this book. I highly recommend it! Especially for today's youngsters.
  • Real Life Science Fiction

    By J.Coinin
    Being a real life military veteran you find most fictional stories about military life so unrealistically extreme 24/7 it's hard to enjoy the story that is presented. This is not one of those books! From start to finish this has got to be the best fictional account of the mundane activities punctuated by acute bits of action that most people will experience in a real life military career. All you would have to do to make this a story one you might live is to remove the space travel, and place in all on earth say 20 years in the future. I would go as far as to say that this is the best vision of a future military scenario that I have ever read!
  • Best

    By MistaMoney87
    Just awesome!
  • Amazing

    By Mmmmmmboper
    This is one of the best books to capture the warrior spirit. As a combat veteran I find that his understanding of war and the workings human mind are astounding. If anybody out there wants to further understand the mind of a vet, read this book.
  • Truly disappointing

    By danrogy
    If you like Heinlein, or the Starshp Troopers movie franchise, or space battles, or exciting sci-fi, this book is not for you. It's a first-person narrative of Johnny Rico's experience as a mobile infantryman. The bugs and the battles with them are barely part of the novel. It's really a book about military structure and life. It's also about politics. I was really bummed when it ended. I was still waiting for something exciting to happen. It never did.
  • Great, but...

    By drtonysosa
    Why did it stir controversy?
  • The best book ever

    By the great white ox
    There are few books I read more than once. I am my sixth time through.
  • Couldn't ask for a better book.

    By Lee Wyatt
    Without a doubt, this is one of Heinlein's masterpieces. Not only does he get you to think about why a military is necessary, but also why the brave men and women who join do what they do. This book shows just how wonderful of a writer Heinlein is: he gets you to think, learn, and ponder what is being said - all while entertaining you at the same time. Frankly, whether you are looking for a romping good time, or want a book that will make you stop and think for weeks to come, you really couldn't ask for a better book.
  • Great read

    By Cobrazfinest
    Great read for any future soldiers or OCS candidates
  • A must read for any scifi fan

    By ArM4ND
    Forget the movie that was released a few years ago. This truly is a fantastic story. I love the way Heinlein takes you through the journey of Johnnie Rico. From the opening line of "I always get the shakes before a drop." To the song that closes out the story. He writes the main character in a way in which you truly feel as if you know them. I have read this story at least 4 times in the past year. The political and social commentary really resonant with me. I'm so glad I bought this book.

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