Boys' Crusade The American Infantry in Northwestern Europe, 1944-1945

ISBN-10: 0812974883
ISBN-13: 9780812974881
Edition: 2005
Authors: Paul Fussell
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Description: The Boys’ Crusadeis the great historian Paul Fussell’s unflinching and unforgettable account of the American infantryman’s experiences in Europe during World War II. Based in part on the author’s own experiences, it provides a stirring narrative of  More...

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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/13/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

The Boys’ Crusadeis the great historian Paul Fussell’s unflinching and unforgettable account of the American infantryman’s experiences in Europe during World War II. Based in part on the author’s own experiences, it provides a stirring narrative of what the war was actually like, from the point of view of the children—for children they were—who fought it. While dealing definitively with issues of strategy, leadership, context, and tactics, Fussell has an additional purpose: to tear away the veil of feel-good mythology that so often obscures and sanitizes war’s brutal essence. “A chronicle should deal with nothing but the truth,” Fussell writes in his Preface. Accord-ingly, he eschews every kind of sentimentalism, focusing instead on the raw action and human emotion triggered by the intimacy, horror, and intense sorrows of war, and honestly addressing the errors, waste, fear, misery, and resentments that plagued both sides. In the vast literature on World War II,The Boys’ Crusadestands wholly apart. Fussell’s profoundly honest portrayal of these boy soldiers underscores their bravery even as it deepens our awareness of their experiences. This book is both a tribute to their noble service and a valuable lesson for future generations.

Paul Fussell Jr. was born in Pasadena, California on March 22, 1924. He was drafted into the Army in 1943 while attending Pomona College. During his tour of duty, he won the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. He returned to college in 1945. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Pomona College in 1947 and a master's degree and a doctorate in English from Harvard University. He taught English at Connecticut College for Women, Rutgers University, and the University of Pennsylvania. During this time he wrote several books on literary topics including The Rhetorical World of Augustan Humanism: Ethics and Imagery from Swift to Burke, Poetic Meter and Poetic Form, and Samuel Johnson and the Life of Writing. In 1975, he published The Great War and Modern Memory, which was a study of World War I and how its horrors fostered a disillusioned modernist sensibility. This book won both the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism and the National Book Award for Arts and Letters. His other works include Abroad: British Literary Traveling Between the Wars, Class: A Guide Through the American Status System, Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War, BAD: Or, the Dumbing of America, and Doing Battle: The Making of a Skeptic. He died of natural causes on May 23, 2012 at the age of 88.

Preface
Acknowledgments
The Boy Crusaders
First Time Abroad
The Fortitude Secret
The Boys and the French
An Episode Called Cobra
The Boys Hold Out Near Mortain
The Lost Opportunity at Falaise
One Small-Unit Action
The Haunted Wood: Hurtgen Forest
Replacements and Infantry Morale
Modes of Dishonor
Treatment of Damaged Bodies, Alive and Dead
The Bulge
The Skorzeny Affair
The Peiper Affair
The End
The Camps
Seriousness
Sources
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index

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