Published a few months after the Erich Maria Remarque's 'All Quiet on the Western Front' came out in 1929, this book appears to pay homage to the German book, referring a couple of times to its title. (Aldington writes at one stage: "There was, of course, nothing to report on the Western front.") The two books share many ideas - young men sent out to be corrupted and to die by their own callous leadership, fighting other young men whom they admired rather than hated, becoming more alienated from the women in their lives and knowing that their lives were ruined, even if they survived. And both are also funny, despite it all. 'Death of a Hero' starts with George's death, shot down in the last few days of the war in 1918. His mother is shown 'grieving' - requiring her young lover to take her to bed to sooth her sadness. I had never heard of an anti-female feeling which developed in World War I among some soldiers - but it is a big theme of this book (and a minor theme of 'All Quiet'). George starts off as an artist who can be rather irritating at times - but he does become a hero (of the modest, uncomplaining, decent kind) in the trenches. Like Paul in 'All Quiet', George sinks down into exhaustion and disillusionment. For instance: "He had wanted to go on living, because he had always unconsciously believed that life was good. Now something within him was beginning to give way...". The two books, even though they treat of mass killing, wounding and death, are full of life and will make many modern readers want to live their lives as best they can, partly in recognition of young soldiers like these.