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WWII: A Chronicle of Soldiering by [Jones, James]
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"The most stirring and lucid account of World War II that I have ever read."--Joseph Heller

"A mind-bending extension into new territory of whatever one knew before, not only about war but about human nature."--Alfred C. Ames "Chicago Tribune "

"Anytime he writes of war you can smell the gunsmoke. A book like this was needed to remind us what it was like. . . . A remarkable achievement."--James Michener

"[Jones] overcomes the vastness of the event by emphasizing his personal experience of it, thus giving the reader a foothold in the text that is far more satisfying than gliding across a glossy overview. He overcomes his limited viewpoint of the war by symbolizing it in the experience of the common infantryman and locating in that experience a unique significance."--Christopher Lehmann-Haupt "New York Times "

"A remarkable history. . . .This was a substantial effort--[Jones] had both the long view and the personal one, having not only experienced the war but having thought long and hard about it."--Robert Gottlieb "New York Review of Books "

"Jones does some remarkably sharp reflecting on the art and practice of history-writing itself--this is an entirely, refreshingly earnest book for all its gruff jadedness. . . . 'In my old age I have about come to believe that the whole of written history is miscreated and flawed by these discrepancies in the two ideals systems, ' Jones (who was 52 at the time) writes, 'the one of how we would all like to believe humanity to be, but only the privileged can afford to believe is; and the one of how we all really know humanity in fact is, but none of us wants to believe it.' In a way that's both slightly ironic and slightly saddening, Jones' book manages to proceed equally in both those systems simultaneously, and the end effect, mesmerizing in its own way, is that of a smart, hot-hearted man trying to grapple with the epic thing that happened to him in his youth. Jones died far too young, only a couple of years after he wrote this book, and it's a powerful, curious testimony. The good folks at University of Chicago Press are to be congratulated for salvaging it and putting it in front of the bookshopping crowds this winter."--Steve Donoghue "Open Letters Monthly "

"A classic of its type. . . . Many eerie details . . . make [Jones's] chronicle ring with authenticity, such as the look on the face of the wounded who have 'entered some realm where the others, the unwounded, cannot follow.' . . . The Pacific and Europe, war art, the home front and much more are depicted with memorable immediacy."--Steven Carroll "The Age (Australia) "

A classic of its type. . . . Many eerie details . . . make [Jones s] chronicle ring with authenticity, such as the look on the face of the wounded who have entered some realm where the others, the unwounded, cannot follow. . . . The Pacific and Europe, war art, the home front and much more are depicted with memorable immediacy. --Steven Carroll "The Age (Australia) ""

Jones does some remarkably sharp reflecting on the art and practice of history-writing itself this is an entirely, refreshingly earnest book for all its gruff jadedness. . . . In my old age I have about come to believe that the whole of written history is miscreated and flawed by these discrepancies in the two ideals systems, Jones (who was 52 at the time) writes, the one of how we would all like to believe humanity to be, but only the privileged can afford to believe is; and the one of how we all really know humanity in fact is, but none of us wants to believe it. In a way that s both slightly ironic and slightly saddening, Jones book manages to proceed equally in both those systems simultaneously, and the end effect, mesmerizing in its own way, is that of a smart, hot-hearted man trying to grapple with the epic thing that happened to him in his youth. Jones died far too young, only a couple of years after he wrote this book, and it s a powerful, curious testimony. The good folks at University of Chicago Press are to be congratulated for salvaging it and putting it in front of the bookshopping crowds this winter. --Steve Donoghue "Open Letters Monthly ""

The most stirring and lucid account of World War II that I have ever read. --Joseph Heller"

About the Author

James Jones (192177) was an American novelist best known for his World War II trilogy:From Here to Eternity, winner of the 1952 National Book Award, The Thin Red Line, andWhistle, the last published posthumously. During World War II, he was decorated with both the Bronze Star and Purple Heart Medals.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4939 KB
  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; Reprint edition (30 Oct. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MU1B06U
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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