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"The twentieth century, and now the twenty-first, has seen brutal wars in every part of the globe. Many firsthand accounts of these conflicts have been written, but none more compelling than Soldiers Alive. . . . A landmark in war reportage."

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Zeljko (Jake) Cipris is assistant professor of Japanese at the University of the Pacific, Stockton, California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of Hawaii Pr; y First printing edition (July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824827546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824827540
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #523,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Thao D. Vo on February 22, 2004
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this is the best war novel i've ever read. the writing is brisk, the story moves quickly, the portraits of the soldiers are powerfully lucid. this novel manages to pull off an incredible feat---it makes brutal soldiers who are war criminals seem almost sympathetic (almost). the novel makes these soldiers appear almost as if they are pawns of forces much larger than themselves. the ending chapter is the best ending chapter of any book that i've read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Bolton on December 30, 2014
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I purchased this novel to gain some idea of what World War II was like through the eyes of the Axis. While German and Italian writers have been available for decades, in both fiction and memoirs, there has been a surprising paucity of work from the Japanese perspective, with a few exceptions like Letters From Iwo Jima. This book is not common propaganda, however. The author, Tatsuzo Ishikawa, was a journalist embedded with an army unit that participated in the Massacre of Nanking. This experience is transplanted into the novel with a group of soldiers that have just prior to the novel's opening seen combat, and will again as they enter Nanking. Although these soldiers are not good men, nor even necessarily likable ones, it shows the haunting effect certain acts of brutality can have on even the hardest of men. To compare to the novels of an earlier war, this is a novel that carries the sentiments of Erich Maria Remarque with the imagery and random violence of Ernst Junger. On the whole, I highly recommend this novel. It is a relatively quick read and creates understanding (if not pity) for a side whose experiences are rarely noted.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert P. on February 10, 2015
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