Paths of Glory

Paths of Glory

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by Humphrey Cobb
     
 

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The anti-war masterpiece that became an iconic motion picture-now with a foreword by the creator of the acclaimed HBO(tm) series The Wire

Familiar to many as the Stanley Kubrick film starring Kirk Douglas, Paths of Glory explores the perilous complications involved in what nations demand of their soldiers in wartime. Humphrey Cobb's protagonists are

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The anti-war masterpiece that became an iconic motion picture-now with a foreword by the creator of the acclaimed HBO(tm) series The Wire

Familiar to many as the Stanley Kubrick film starring Kirk Douglas, Paths of Glory explores the perilous complications involved in what nations demand of their soldiers in wartime. Humphrey Cobb's protagonists are Frenchmen during the First World War whose nightmare in the trenches takes a new and terrible turn when they are ordered to assault a German position deemed all but invulnerable. When the attack fails, an inquiry into allegations of cowardice indicts a small handful of lower-ranked scapegoats whose trial exposes the farce of ordering ordinary men to risk their lives in an impossible cause. A chilling portrait of injustice, this novel offers insight into the tragedies of war in any age.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Library Journal
11/01/2013
Cobb fought with the Canadian army in the war and penned this antiwar classic in 1935. Stanley Kubrick's film, below, is now more famous than the novel on which it was based.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143106111
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/29/2010
Pages:
190
Sales rank:
543,800
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Humphrey Cobb (1899–1944) was born in Siena, Italy, on September 5, 1899, to Alice Littell Cobb, a physician, and Arthur Murray Cobb, an artist. He attended boarding school in England during his childhood. Cobb was kicked out of an American high school and he never returned to graduate. At seventeen he decided to enlist in the Canadian army. After serving in the army for three years during World War I, he returned to the United States to work by turns in the stock trade, the merchant marines, publishing, advertising, and the Office of War Information (precursor of the OSS, the CIA predecessor) writing overseas propaganda. During his lifetime he wrote Paths of Glory (1935) and None But the Brave (1938), and was the lead screenwriter on the movie San Quentin (1937).

James H. Meredith, a retired United States Air Force lieutenant colonel, is the introducer of the Penguin Classics editions of Paths of Glory by Humphrey Cobb and Bombs Away by John Steinbeck.

David Simon is the creator of the critically acclaimed HBO series The Wire, and the author of Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets and The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood. 

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Paths Of Glory (Large Print Edition) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is NOT the book written by Humphrey Cobb on the French Army! It's about an American correspondent traveling with he German army.
steve19 More than 1 year ago
Classic book. It is short and will not take much time to read. Cobb uses the French army and not the British Army because of the revolt the French army troops made during the Nevile offensive and his useless attacks that killed so many Frenchmen. I think Cobb was a little chauvinistic as he could not get himself to write that such an event could happen in an English speaking army. In fact it did under Haig but the British never revolted.
WaywardSon More than 1 year ago
Should have been required reading for the Pentagon before and during the Vietnam conflict. This novel humanizes the inhumanity of war.