1940 Winner of the National Book Award
Synopses & Reviews
Johnny Got His Gun
holds a place as one of the classic antiwar novels. First published in 1939, Dalton Trumbo's story of a young American soldier terribly maimed in World War I he "survives" armless, legless, and faceless, but with mind intact was an immediate bestseller. This fiercely moving novel was a rallying point for many Americans who came of age during World War II, and it became perhaps the most popular novel of protest during the Vietnam era.
Citadel Underground's edition of Johnny Got His Gun features a powerful new introduction by Ron Kovic, author of Born on the Fourth of July, and also includes an introduction by Dalton Trumbo.
"[This] is a terrifying book, of an extraordinary emotional intensity." The Washington Post
"Johnny Got His Gun is not merely a powerful antiwar document; it is also a powerful and brilliant work of the imagination....Mr. Trumbo has written a book that can never be forgotten by anyone who reads it." Saturday Review
"A terrible story, remorseless, uncompromising...this book was a shocking and violent experience." Herald Tribune
"There can be no question of the effectiveness of this book." The New York Times
The Searing Portrayal Of War That Has Stunned And Galvanized Generations Of Readers
An immediate bestseller upon its original publication in 1939, Dalton Trumbo s stark, profoundly troubling masterpiece about the horrors of World War I brilliantly crystallized the uncompromising brutality of war and became the most influential protest novel of the Vietnam era. With a compelling new foreword by fellow award-winning writer E. L. Doctorow, Johnny Got His Gun is an undisputed classic of antiwar literature that s as timely as ever.
A terrifying book, of an extraordinary emotional intensity. --The Washington Post
"Powerful. . . an eye-opener." --Michael Moore
"Mr. Trumbo sets this story down almost without pause or punctuation and with a fury amounting to eloquence."--The New York Times
"A book that can never be forgotten by anyone who reads it."--Saturday Review"