Face of a Hero

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Steerforth Press, 1950 - Fiction - 253 pages
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Available for the first time in 40 years, Falstein's simultaneously funny and grim novel follows tail gunner Ben "Pop" Isaacs through his wartime travails in southern Italy in "one of the best-told tales of air combat in World War II", said the New Republic in 1950. Amidst the gallows humor are powerful scenes in which the hero-narrator visits a displaced persons camp and sees for himself the survivors of the Holocaust. This may be the first time an American novel dramatized the poignant and powerful reality of these experiences.

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This long-forgotten 1950 novel caused a stir last year when the London Times published a letter indicating that it was incredibly similar to Heller's classic Catch-22, which it predated by more than ... Read full review


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Falstein was an aerial gunner in World War II. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Air Medal four times.

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