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ISBN13: 9780312265052
ISBN10: 0312265050
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Hailed as one of the finest novels to come out of the Second World War, The Naked and the Dead received unprecedented critical acclaim upon its publication and has since become part of the American canon. This fiftieth anniversary edition features a new introduction created especially doe the occasion by Norman Mailer.

Written in gritty, journalistic detail, the story follows an army platoon of foot soldiers who are fighting for the possession of the Japanese-held island of Anopopei. Composed in 1948, The Naked and the Dead is representative of the best in twentieth-century American writing.

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"Many consider The Naked and the Dead to be the greatest combat novel ever written by an American. In it, the reader engages with Lieut. Robert Hearn, fighting in the Pacific in World War II. As the story progresses, the reader goes inside his thoughs, experiencing both his real and his imagined fears." New York Times

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Hailed as one of the finest novels to come out of the World War II, "The Naked and the Dead" received unprecedented critical acclaim upon its 1948 publication and has since become part since become part of the American canon. Written in gritty, journalistic detail, the story follows an Army platoon stationed on the Japanese-held island of Anopopei.

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Norman Mailer's first novel, The Naked and the Dead, is widely regarded as one of the finest American novels of the twentieth century. Among Norman Mailer's other achievements are Why Are We in Vietnam?, The Armies of the Night, for which he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1968, and The Executioner's Song, which won the 1980 Pulitzer Prize.

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lukas, December 9, 2013 (view all comments by lukas)
There is not enough dead or nudity in this. Of the Alpha Male writers of the 50s and 60s (Roth, Bellow, Updike), Mailer was the biggest, the baddest, the most. His reputation and antics (wife stabbing, getting murderers released, heavy drinking, running for mayor of NYC) are inseparable from his writing. Since so much about him was excessive, it's fitting that he has a huge, intimidating oeuvre. This is his first novel and is good as any place to start. Set in the Pacific in World War II, it's a war novel without much combat or much conflict. But at least it goes on for over 700 pages. Maybe try "From Here to Eternity" instead?
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venusinfauxfurz, April 23, 2007 (view all comments by venusinfauxfurz)
A great book if you're looking for a place to start with WWII fiction or Norman Mailer's oeuvre.
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j-rock, June 7, 2006 (view all comments by j-rock)
This book may be very long, but its worth a read if your into reading. Very descriptive and detailed although not very grotesque. One of the best war stories ive ever read, heard, seen, or even listened to.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312265052
Author:
Mailer, Norman
Publisher:
Picador USA
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
War
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
War & Military
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
War stories
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Military
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Anniversary
Series Volume:
no. 86
Publication Date:
20000831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
736
Dimensions:
8.27 x 5.8 x 1.27 in

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"Review" by , "Many consider The Naked and the Dead to be the greatest combat novel ever written by an American. In it, the reader engages with Lieut. Robert Hearn, fighting in the Pacific in World War II. As the story progresses, the reader goes inside his thoughs, experiencing both his real and his imagined fears."
"Synopsis" by , Hailed as one of the finest novels to come out of the World War II, "The Naked and the Dead" received unprecedented critical acclaim upon its 1948 publication and has since become part since become part of the American canon. Written in gritty, journalistic detail, the story follows an Army platoon stationed on the Japanese-held island of Anopopei.
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