Joan Brady

Joan Brady is an American author best known for her novel 'Theory of War', which won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award in 1993. She was the first woman to win this prize in the novel category. Born in 1939, Brady has written both fiction and non-fiction works, and her writing often explores complex themes such as power dynamics and human resilience.


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  1. 1. Theory of War

    "Theory of War" is a historical novel that tells the story of a young boy who, after the Civil War, is sold by his impoverished mother to a distant cousin as a form of bonded labor. The novel explores the harsh realities of his life as a "white slave" in Kansas, and his struggle for freedom and identity. It also delves into the psychological and societal implications of this form of slavery, presenting a powerful commentary on the human capacity for cruelty and resilience.

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