The Naked and the Dead: 50th Anniversary Edition, With a New Introduction by the Author

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St Martins Press (ny), Aug 5, 2000 - Fiction - 721 pages
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Hailed as one of the finest novels to come out of the Second World War, The Naked and the Dead received unprecedented critical acclaim upon its publication and has since become part of the American canon. This fiftieth anniversary edition features a new introduction created especially doe the occasion by Norman Mailer.

Written in gritty, journalistic detail, the story follows an army platoon of foot soldiers who are fighting for the possession of the Japanese-held island of Anopopei. Composed in 1948, The Naked and the Dead is representative of the best in twentieth-century American writing.

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User Review  - santhony - LibraryThing

I don’t know what took me so long, but I finally got around to reading Norman Mailer’s highly acclaimed World War II novel, the Naked and the Dead. Having read a number of World War II novels and seen ... Read full review

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User Review  - BookConcierge - LibraryThing

Talk about the futility of war! This is a classic war novel, published just 3 years post the end of WW II. We learn the individual strengths and flaws of each man in the platoon and how battle affects ... Read full review

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Norman Mailer's first novel, The Naked and the Dead, is widely regarded as one of the finest American novels of the twentieth century. Among Norman Mailer's other achievements are Why Are We in Vietnam?, The Armies of the Night, for which he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1968, and The Executioner's Song, which won the 1980 Pulitzer Prize.

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