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World War II has been romanticized almost beyond recognition by "the sentimental, the loony patriotic, the ignorant, and the bloodthirsty". In this study, Paul Fussell goes behind the familiar diplomacy and heroics of history to examine the blunders, petty tyrannies, inconveniences, and deprivations that are many British and American people's memory of the War. There are lively sections on the role of drinking, tobacco, and sex in the war and on the home front; on propaganda; about writers and magazines who recorded the war or who attempted to keep aloft literary standards in a difficult time; on wartime slang and graphic recollections of the nightmare of combat. The text is a companion to Fussell's "The Great War And Modern Memory", which won an American National Book Award and the National Critics Circle Prize.
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Paul Fussell is Donald T. Regan Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of nine other books, including The Great War and Modern Memory, Abroad: British Literary Traveling Between the Wars and The Boy Scout Handbook and Other Observations

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"Paul Fussell has written the best book I know of about World War I. Now he has written the best book I know of about the Second World War. No novel I've read surpasses its depiction of the awful human cost to all sides of modern warfare. I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say it is unforgettable."--Joseph Heller"This brilliant, engaging cultural history quietly subverts our whitewashed collective memory of the war."--Publishers Weekly"Fussell is a wonderful writer--at once elegant and earthy. He gives us much to ponder in this volume, and...considerable pleasure."--The Washington Post Book World"An excellent study. Compliments the great War and Modern Memory. Will use again!"--Kirk Bunte, Mesa State College"Different, distinctive, valuable--I've already adopted it for this semester."--Professor John R.M. Wilson, Southern California College "Paul Fussell has written the best book I know of about World War I. Now he has written the best book I know of about the Second World War. No novel I've read surpasses its depiction of the awful human cost to all sides of modern warfare. I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say it is unforgettable."--Joseph Heller"This brilliant, engaging cultural history quietly subverts our whitewashed collective memory of the war."--Publishers Weekly"Fussell is a wonderful writer--at once elegant and earthy. He gives us much to ponder in this volume, and...considerable pleasure."--The Washington Post Book World"An excellent study. Compliments the great War and Modern Memory. Will use again!"--Kirk Bunte, Mesa State College"Different, distinctive, valuable - I've already adopted it for this semester."--Professor John R.M. Wilson, Southern California College

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