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The Soldiers? Tale is the story of modern wars as told by the men who did the actual fighting. Hynes examines the journals, memoirs, and letters of men who fought in the two World Wars and in Vietnam, and also the wars fought against the weak and helpless in concentration camps, prisoner-of-war camps, and bombed cities. Interweaving his own reflections on war with brilliantly chosen passages from soldiers? accounts, he offers vivid answers to the question we all ask of men who have fought: What was it like? In these powerful pages the experiences of modern war, which seem unimaginable to those who weren?t there, become comprehensible and real. The wide range of writers examined includes both famous literary memoirists like Robert Graves, Tim O?Brien, and Elie Wiesel, and unknown soldiers who wrote only their war stories. Using these testimonies, Hynes considers each war in terms of its special circumstances and its effects on men who fought. His understanding of the psychology of warfare--and of each war?s role in history--gives this study its intellectual authority; the voices of the men who were there, and wrote about what they saw and felt, give it its powerful dramatic impact.

Synopsis:

In a story of modern wars as told by the men who did the actual fighting, Hynes examines the journals, memoirs, and letters of men who fought in the two World Wars and in Vietnam, and also the wars fought against the weak and helpless in concentration camps, prisoner-of-war camps, and bombed cities.

About the Author

Samuel Hynes is Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature Emeritus at Princeton University and the author of several major works of literary criticism, including The Auden Generation, Edwardian Occasions, and The Edwardian Turn of Mind. Hynes's wartime experiences as a Marine Corps pilot were the basis for his highly praised memoir, Flights of Passage. The Soldiers' Tale, his book about soldiers' narratives of the two world wars and Vietnam, won a Robert F. Kennedy Award. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Table of Contents

The Soldiers' Tale Acknowledgments

Prologue: The Actual Killing

One. The Man Who Was There

Two. 'Fourteen-'Eighteen: Civilian Soldiers

Three. 'Fourteen-'Eighteen: The War Elsewhere

Four. Everybody's War

Five. What Happened in Nam

Six. Agents and Sufferers

An Epilogue on Epilogues

Notes on Sources

Personal Narratives of Modern War: A Selected List

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140261547
Author:
Hynes, Samuel
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Hynes, Samuel Lynn
Author:
Hynes, Samuel
Author:
Hynes, Samual
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Military Science
Subject:
Military history
Subject:
Soldiers
Subject:
Military history, Modern
Subject:
Soldiers -- United States.
Subject:
Military history, Modern -- 20th century.
Subject:
Military-General History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19980431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.78x5.16x.73 in. .60 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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