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This review is from: From the City, from the Plough (Hardcover)
I read this book in my early teens, and it totally changed my view about warfare. Before, I was consumed with the adventure and excitement of war. As I read it, the awful reality of what it means to ordinary soldiers was revealed. Barron spends the first part building up familiarity with the characters, so that, as the story progresses their individual injuries, and sometimes deaths, hit home hard. I can't say whether it has the same impact today with 24/7 news and reports from front-lines, but it totally changed my attitude in the 1960s.