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The Greatest War Stories Ever Told: Twenty-four Incredible War Tales

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From Leo Tolstoy's vivid account of Napolean's Russian campaign to Michael Herr's gripping firsthand reports on the fighting in Vietnam, the twenty-four selections presented in The Greatest War Stories Ever Told comprise the most diverse reading experience on war ever gathered between the covers of a single book. Every story brings the terror, sacrifice, and heartbreak of battle to the reader with unrelenting power.For all its horrors, the experience of war provokes an almost universal fascination that asks, ...

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Overview

From Leo Tolstoy's vivid account of Napolean's Russian campaign to Michael Herr's gripping firsthand reports on the fighting in Vietnam, the twenty-four selections presented in The Greatest War Stories Ever Told comprise the most diverse reading experience on war ever gathered between the covers of a single book. Every story brings the terror, sacrifice, and heartbreak of battle to the reader with unrelenting power.For all its horrors, the experience of war provokes an almost universal fascination that asks, "What was it like? What was it like on the battlefield at Gettysburg? In the trenches at the Somme? On Omaha Beach? At the Chosin River in Korea? At the siege of Khe-san in Vietnam?"Some of the greatest writers and reporters of all time, and the service personnel who were under fire, answer these questions and far more in The Greatest War Stories ever Told.

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Given the general public's interest in war and survival tales, these two collections of fiction and nonfiction excerpts should jump off the shelves of public libraries this summer. Underwood, a former editor of Outdoor Life and Sports Afield, caters to popular taste with the enthusiastic comments he offers as introduction to each selection. In defining the "greatest" tales, he looked beyond literary merit for prose that is engaging and illuminating and serves as a tribute to the participants. In The Greatest Survival Stories Ever Told, the reader will be struck by how fate, foul-ups, or bad luck often caused the adventures to end in tragedy, whether it involved the loss of limbs or of life. Many of the survival tales are classics, such as Jack London's "To Build a Fire," Stephen Crane's "The Open Boat," and Rudyard Kipling's "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi." The Greatest War Stories Ever Told relies on excerpts from the works of authors like Leo Tolstoy, Victor Hugo, Michael Shaara, and Erich Maria Remarque. In the introduction, Underwood explains his fascination with the symbolism of soldiers' boots. His goal is to capture how these boots traveled over beaches, jungles, and deserts, giving the reader a new way of appreciating these courageous soldiers. The sea tales of Irwin Shaw and C.S. Forester round out this anthology. Both are recommended for popular reading collections, including YA. Joyce Sparrow, Juvenile Welfare Board Lib. of Pinellas Cty., FL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585742394
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/1901
  • Series: Greatest
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

LAMAR UNDERWOOD is a former Editor-in-Chief of Sports Afield and Outdoor Life magazines, and is presently Editorial Director of the Outdoor Magazine Group of Harris Publications in New York. He has edited several books for The Lyons Press, including The Quotable Soldier, The Greatest Survival Stories Ever Told, and Man Eaters

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix
The Cornfield 1
The Morning They Shot the Spies 27
The Fight at the Bridge 37
Frozen Chosin 50
Two Soldiers 68
The Leipzig Mission 74
Breathing In 82
The Sword of the Lord and of Gideon 95
Waterloo 109
Landing Zone X-Ray 126
Custer and the Little Bighorn 140
Omaha Beach 156
The Drums of the Fore and Aft 178
Sink the Bismarck! 206
The Battle at Borodino 222
Les Braves Gens (The Brave Men) 235
All Quiet on the Western Front 251
Pickett's Charge 263
Faith at Sea 273
Mountain Fighting 286
The Red Badge of Courage 292
The Perfect Deadfall 308
Paul Revere's Ride 326
Concord Hymn 330
About the Editor 331
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