An insult is like a drink; it affects one only if accepted. And pride is too heavy baggage for my journey.
–Robert Heinlein (Oscar Gordon, “Glory Road”)
Wall Street raiders and business tycoons still cite Sun Tzu’s classic military treatise to explain preparation and tactical prowess. But if you really want an insight into 21st century warfare, you need to read Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers.
The author lists six reasons why Heinlein’s 1959 classic is essential reading.
“Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.
“This is known as ‘bad luck.’”
― Robert A. Heinlein