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The soldiers' tale : bearing witness to modern war

Author: Samuel Hynes
Publisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : A. Lane, 1997.
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Focusing on the soldiers of the two world wars and Vietnam, and on the accounts written by victims of war - survivors of POW camps, the Nazi death camps, and the atom bombs - Samuel Hynes shows us how war looks to a soldier on the field at the Somme, or Khe Sanh, or the Salerno beachhead, to a pilot in a Spitfire over the Channel or a B-17 over Schweinfurt, or to a sailor in the Coral Sea. He draws from accounts  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Diaries
Sources
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel Hynes
ISBN: 0670865850 9780670865857 0713991909 9780713991901
OCLC Number: 34906174
Notes: Based on the 1994 Alexander lectures.
Description: xvi, 318 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Prologue : the actual killing --
1. The man who was their --
2. 'Fourteen-'eighteen : civilian soldiers --
3. 'Fourteen-'eighteen : the war elsewhere --
4. Everybody's war --
5. What happened in Nam --
6. Agents and sufferers --
An epilogue on epilogues --
Notes on sources --
Personal narratives of modern war : a selected list --
Index.
Responsibility: Samuel Hynes.
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Focusing on the soldiers of the two world wars and Vietnam, and on the accounts written by victims of war - survivors of POW camps, the Nazi death camps, and the atom bombs - Samuel Hynes shows us how war looks to a soldier on the field at the Somme, or Khe Sanh, or the Salerno beachhead, to a pilot in a Spitfire over the Channel or a B-17 over Schweinfurt, or to a sailor in the Coral Sea. He draws from accounts recorded under fire and from memories that look back over decades, by both unknown authors whose battle memoirs are their only published work and literary memoirists like Robert Graves and Siegfried Sassoon, Elie Wiesel and Tim O'Brien.

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