Do You Want Total War? is a wargame-themed novel by Darren Kilfara about the study of history. Sean Lansbury, its first-person narrator, is a typical high school student with an atypical hobby: he likes to play Totaler Krieg, the grand strategic simulation of World War II. As he meditates on different aspects of history and tries to juggle his hobby with normal life in school, he falls in love with a girl in his Advanced Placement European History class and discovers who he is, what history means to him, and the extent to which you really can revisit and rewrite the past.
DYWTW will strongly appeal to wargamers while serving as a gateway to the hobby for non-wargamers – it speaks to armchair historians in the way that Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch spoke to sports fans and reveals the narrator’s character as much through the history he studies as the discussions he has and the relationships he forms. And in DYWTW, studying history doesn’t just mean burying one’s head in a book – it involves shared conversations with friends, visits to websites like Consimworld, watching war movies, attending classes at school and discussing how history should be taught, and of course reimagining past wars and battles at the gaming table. For more information, visit DYWTW’s CSW Forum or the book’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Price: $17.09 (Paperback) or $9.99 (Kindle).