Wwii: A Chronicle Of Soldiering by James Jones

Wwii: A Chronicle Of Soldiering

byJames Jones

Paperback | October 28, 2014

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In 1975, James Jones—the American author whose novels From Here to Eternity and The Thin Red Line had made him the preeminent voice of the enlisted man in World War II—was chosen to write the text for an oversized coffee table book edited by former Yank magazine art director Art Weithas and featuring visual art from World War II. The book was a best seller, praised for both its images and for Jones’s text, but in subsequent decades the artwork made it impossible for the book to be reproduced in its original form, and it fell out of print and was forgotten. This edition of WWII makes available for the first time in more than twenty years Jones’s stunning text, his only extended nonfiction writing on the war that defined his generation.

Moving chronologically and thematically through the complex history of the conflict, Jones interweaves his own vivid memories of soldiering in the Pacific—from the look on a Japanese fighter pilot’s face as he bombed Pearl Harbor, so close that Jones could see him smile and wave, to hitting the beach under fire in Guadalcanal—while always returning to resounding larger themes. Much of WWII can be read as a tribute to the commitment of American soldiers, but Jones also pulls no punches, bluntly chronicling resentment at the privilege of the officers, questionable strategic choices, wartime suffering, disorganization, the needless loss of life, and the brutal realization that a single soldier is ultimately nothing but a replaceable cog in a heartless machine. As the generation that fought and won World War II leaves the stage, James Jones’s book reminds us of what they accomplished—and what they sacrificed to do so.

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James Jones (1921–77) was an American novelist best known for his World War II trilogy: From Here to Eternity, winner of the 1952 National Book Award, The Thin Red Line, and Whistle, the last published posthumously. During World War II, he was decorated with both the Bronze Star and Purple Heart Medals.
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Title:Wwii: A Chronicle Of SoldieringFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:October 28, 2014Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022618093X

ISBN - 13:9780226180939

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Table of Contents

Publisher’s Note
Acknowledgments
I
To Us Old Men
In the Beginning
Whistling Dixie
I Didn’t Raise My Boy
The Coral Sea and Midway
Waiting While Waiting . . . a Look at Europe
Guadalcanal
Soldier’s Evolution
First War Art
The Battle of Auckland
North Africa
Grand Strategy
Green and Obscene
Is History Written by the Upper Classes for the Upper Classes?
II
Humor
The Art Programs
The Big War
Casualties
The Forgotten Year
Pacific Chess
Tarawa, Saipan, Peleliu
Painting It
Anonymity
Italy
More on Humor: Mauldin
Anzio
Going Out
Overlord
Hospital
The Home Front
Love among the Riveters
III
D-Day
Bloodbath at Omaha
Consolidation
Air War
Nose Art
Breakout— and the Long Haul
The Final Evolution
The Bulge
Philippines: First Leyte, and Then Luzon
Twilight of Some Old Gods
IV
The Last Mile
The Last Yard
The Last Foot
Mushroom
Bugbear
Surrender Now
Responsibility, but for What?
An End to It
Pass in Review!
References
Index

Illustrations
Maps

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“This may be Jones’s great contribution to the history of war.”