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Wartime : understanding and behavior in the Second World War

Author: Paul Fussell
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1989.
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" ... in 'Wartime, ' Fussell turns to the Second World War, the conflict he himself fought in, to weave a narrative that is both more intensely personal and more wide-ranging ... Here Fussell examines the immediate impact of the war on common soldiers and civilians. He describes the psychological and emotional atmosphere of World War II. He analyzes the wishful thinking and the euphemisms people needed to deal with  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Fussell
ISBN: 0195037979 9780195037975 0195065778 9780195065770
OCLC Number: 19125231
Notes: The Mazal Holocaust Collection
Description: x, 330 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: From light to heavy duty --
"Precision bombing will win the war" --
Someone had blundered --
Rumors of war --
School of the soldier --
Unread books on a shelf --
Chickenshit, an anaotomy --
Drinking far too much, copulating too little --
Type-casting --
The ideological vacuum --
Accentuate the positive --
High-mindedness --
With one voice --
Deprivation --
Compensation --
Reading in wartime --
Fresh idiom --
"The real war will never get in the books."
Responsibility: Paul Fussell.
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* Shuns the heroics portrayed by Hollywood * Fussell concentrates on the human factor in World War II * Examines the everyday life British and American people experienced on the home and battle  Read more...

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'Paul Fussell has written the best book I know of about World War I. Now he has written the best book I know of about the Second World War. No novel I've read surpasses its depiction of the awful Read more...

 
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