Intriguing theoretical, tactical problems for the aspiring Starbucks assistant manager

My aunt’s bookshelves were filled with histories of World War II and the Civil War—as my father’s had been—and so I read about troop movements, battalions, tactics, strategy. And I spent a lot of time playing combat video games, like Call of Duty. The technical aspects of fighting interested me; insurgency and counterinsurgency were intriguing theoretical, tactical problems.

—Chelsea Manning, README.txt, (London: The Bodley Head, 2022), 55.

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