Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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
"The best novel to come out of the . . . war, perhaps the best book to come out of any war."—San Francisco Chronicle
"Best novel yet about World War II."—Time
"Brutal, agonizing, astonishingly thoughtful."—Newsweek
"Nightmarish masterpiece of realism."—Cleveland News
"Vibrant with life, abundant with real people, full of memorable scenes. To call it merely a great book about the war would be to minimize its total achievement."—The Philadelphia Inquirer
"The most important American novel since Moby-Dick."—Providence Journal
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.
About the Author
'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.