- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Allen Lane; New edition edition (28 Aug. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0713995947
- ISBN-13: 978-0713995947
- Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 3 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 648,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Storm of Steel Hardcover – 28 Aug 2003
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"Ernst Jünger is unarguably an original
" -- Telegraph, August 24, 2003 (by Tibor Fischer)
"This is unquestionably one of the most striking accounts of the First World War..." -- Evening Standard, August 18, 2003 (by Richard Holmes)
"What raises Jünger to the level of epic is the grandeur of the prose, which is sublime but never sentimental." -- Telegraph, August 23, 2003 (by Daniel Johnson)
About the Author
Ernst Junger, the son of a wealthy chemist, ran away from home to join the Foreign Legion. His father dragged him back, but he returned to military service when he joined the German army on the outbreak of the First World War. STORM OF STEEL was Junger's first book, published in 1920. Junger died in 1998.
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And i still can't believe someone gave 2 stars to this book. What next? 1 star to Eric Maria Remarque's "All Quiet on the Western Front" because he was German?
Storm of Steel was written from diaries Junger kept during the war. This explains the book's rigid chronology with emphasis on locations, people and events. Junger paints a vivid, uncensored and, at times, glorified picture of war. He does not mourn lost comrades or show contempt for his foe. It is as brutal as it is honest. But this is the book's merit. Storm of Steel's uncensored perspective of war means the book offers observations other first hand accounts do not. The extreme violence Junger portrays can be shocking but his writing is objective, insightful and brings the realities of war to life.
Storm of Steel is not just a classic piece of literature. It is also a necessary component in First World War historiography. Other memoirs published in the 1920's, such Robert Graves' Goodbye To All That and Erich Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front, have pacifist undertones and view the war as a barbaric and unjustifiable waste of life. But Junger provides `the alternative view' that war could be exhilarating and even enjoyable.
Junger is a soldier dedicated toGermany's cause with unquestioned devotion. He views soldiering as a noble and honourable profession. He is prepared to fight and die for Germany.Read more ›
Jünger's simple writing style and use of words (similar to Remarque's "All quiet on the western front"- ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT) increases the impact of the story and scenes. On one hand it is very descriptive, yet on the other hand it leaves the reader enough room for his own imagination. In addition, the actual story is engrossing with the writer participating in famous battles, leading long forgotten skirmishes, being exposed to danger constantly and having numerous brushes with death. As a result, "Storm of Steel" is a raw eyewitness account of one of the great tragedies of the twentieth century as well as a timeless masterpiece from a literary point of view. It left me in shock and awe from page one and will stay with me for a long time.
Unfortunately, the book and its writer have been politicized in the twentieth century and as a result "Storm of Steel" has not always had the recognition it deserves. To be clear this book has not been written to be an anti-war statement. This is the story of a young man who saw the war as a great existential adventure, or as Jünger states himself, "men of quality emphasized the savagery of war and transfigured it at the same time: an objective relish of danger". Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
a soldier's tale by a real soldier in a very good translationPublished 10 days ago by Dr. Ulrich Pfeiffer
Graphic in its depiction of attrition at its worst. Should be 'compulsory' reading for all as to the obscenity and totally futility of war... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Richard A. Pope
Ernst Jungers account of WWI has all the hallmarks of a great memoir. He discussses his experiences frankly but without over-egging the 'bad stuff. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Colm Gillis
As an avid amateur historian, I was greatly looking forward to this book. I was familiar with All Quiet on the Western Front and looked forward to the supposed ‘alternative’ view... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Yorkshire Stu
Masterpiece! Quite simply the best account of the First World War I have ever read! Ernst Junger highlights his own experiences in such a casual manner that one forgets the horror... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very well written, published originally almost a century ago, gives a different perspectivePublished 4 months ago by Terry289
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