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Boy's Crusade : American Infantry in Northwestern Europe, 1944-1945 (03 Edition)

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The Boys Crusade is the great historian Paul Fussells unflinching and unforgettable account of the American infantrymans experiences in Europe during World War II. Based in part on the authors own experiences, it provides a stirring narrative of what the war was actually like, from the point of view of the children—for children they were—who fought it. While dealing definitively with issues of strategy, leadership, context, and tactics, Fussell has an additional purpose: to tear away the veil of feel-good mythology that so often obscures and sanitizes wars brutal essence.

“A chronicle should deal with nothing but the truth,” Fussell writes in his Preface. Accord-ingly, he eschews every kind of sentimentalism, focusing instead on the raw action and human emotion triggered by the intimacy, horror, and intense sorrows of war, and honestly addressing the errors, waste, fear, misery, and resentments that plagued both sides. In the vast literature on World War II, The Boys Crusade stands wholly apart. Fussells profoundly honest portrayal of these boy soldiers underscores their bravery even as it deepens our awareness of their experiences. This book is both a tribute to their noble service and a valuable lesson for future generations.

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Based in part on the author's own experiences, this volume provides a stirring narrative of what World War II was actually like, from the point of view of the children who fought it.

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Paul Fussell is the author of fifteen books, including Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War and The Great War and Modern Memory, which won the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award and was named by the Modern Library as one of the twentieth centurys 100 best nonfiction books. He taught literature for many years at the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife.

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eglazier, June 9, 2007 (view all comments by eglazier)
we read about the 3500 soldiers killed in iraq but with little comment about who they might be. this book by one of them who was there in WW II refreshes our memory and notes indirectly that this new war is about a group of soldiers most of whom who are children who have learned how to kill other children and who are dying themselves.
this is not an impersonal thing. there are in iraq a large number of boys, and now girls, whose life stopped before they were old enough to even get just the beginning of what life is.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812974881
Author:
Fussell, Paul
Publisher:
Modern Library
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
History
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns.
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Regimental histories.
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library Chronicles
Series Volume:
14
Publication Date:
20050931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.98x5.28x.46 in. .36 lbs.

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