6 powerful books on war and rebellion

Journalist and former Marine platoon commander Elliot Ackerman shares his favorite books about political unrest and conflict:

Man's Fate by André Malraux (Vintage, $17).

When the revolutionary impulse overtakes a society, what is the meaning of that impulse to the individual? Malraux's novel chronicles a failed 1930s Chinese socialist insurrection that presaged the rise of Maoism. The emotional contours Malraux charts read like today's front page.

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger...

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