The Soldiers' Tale: Bearing Witness To A Modern War

Paperback | April 1, 1998

bySamuel Hynes

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The Soldiers? Tale is the story of modern wars as told by the men who did the actual fighting. Hynes examines the journals, memoirs, and letters of men who fought in the two World Wars and in Vietnam, and also the wars fought against the weak and helpless in concentration camps, prisoner-of-war camps, and bombed cities. Interweaving his own reflections on war with brilliantly chosen passages from soldiers? accounts, he offers vivid answers to the question we all ask of men who have fought: What was it like? In these powerful pages the experiences of modern war, which seem unimaginable to those who weren?t there, become comprehensible and real.The wide range of writers examined includes both famous literary memoirists like Robert Graves, Tim O?Brien, and Elie Wiesel, and unknown soldiers who wrote only their war stories. Using these testimonies, Hynes considers each war in terms of its special circumstances and its effects on men who fought. His understanding of the psychology of warfare--and of each war?s role in history--gives this study its intellectual authority; the voices of the men who were there, and wrote about what they saw and felt, give it its powerful dramatic impact.

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In a story of modern wars as told by the men who did the actual fighting, Hynes examines the journals, memoirs, and letters of men who fought in the two World Wars and in Vietnam, and also the wars fought against the weak and helpless in concentration camps, prisoner-of-war camps, and bombed cities

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The Soldiers? Tale is the story of modern wars as told by the men who did the actual fighting. Hynes examines the journals, memoirs, and letters of men who fought in the two World Wars and in Vietnam, and also the wars fought against the weak and helpless in concentration camps, prisoner-of-war camps, and bombed cities. Interweaving hi...

Samuel Hynes is Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature Emeritus at Princeton University and the author of several major works of literary criticism, including The Auden Generation, Edwardian Occasions, and The Edwardian Turn of Mind. Hynes's wartime experiences as a Marine Corps pilot were the basis for his highly praised memoir, Fligh...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:April 1, 1998Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140261540

ISBN - 13:9780140261547

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Soldier's Tale An unconventional and in-depth look at the realities of war. Through a series of narratives, the author delves into moving personal histories of the two World Wars and the war in Vietnam, as told by the men who fought them. The symptoms of fear, comradeship, courage, confusion, and persistence underlie these stories. I highly recommend this for history lovers, as well as for thoose who seek to gain an understanding of war's emotional realities.
Date published: 1999-03-07

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Table of Contents

The Soldiers' TaleAcknowledgments
Prologue: The Actual Killing

One. The Man Who Was There
Two. 'Fourteen-'Eighteen: Civilian Soldiers
Three. 'Fourteen-'Eighteen: The War Elsewhere
Four. Everybody's War
Five. What Happened in Nam
Six. Agents and Sufferers

An Epilogue on Epilogues
Notes on Sources
Personal Narratives of Modern War: A Selected List
Index

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In a story of modern wars as told by the men who did the actual fighting, Hynes examines the journals, memoirs, and letters of men who fought in the two World Wars and in Vietnam, and also the wars fought against the weak and helpless in concentration camps, prisoner-of-war camps, and bombed cities