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The Great War and Modern Memory: The Illustrated Edition Hardcover – November 3, 2009


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Paul Fussell is a professor emeritus of English Literature who served as an infantry officer during World War II. He is the acclaimed author of more than 20 books.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; Ill edition (November 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402764391
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402764394
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.7 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #564,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Vaga on December 14, 2009
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I read the Fussell book in the Oxford paperback edition of 1977, and enjoyed it very much. (And not only because Fussell was my professor of poetry and creative writing at Rutgers many, many years ago) Fussell has joined the literary sound and sense of the war with his personal experience (II World War) of a soldier "in the trenches". Literary and military speak are brought together in a very exciting and revealing description of the honor and dishonor of war. I bought the illustrated edition in celebration of Fussell's
work. It is a good introduction to how fine literature can describe the brutality of war in a measured Augustan diction.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Walker on June 11, 2011
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I was enthralled with this volume from early on. I had never read the original 1975 version, but can't imagine an edition without the carefully selected and beautifully reproduced illustrations. I have always believed World War I to be both the singularly most important event of modern times and at the same time the most underrated, under-studied and under-appreciated major event of modern times. This is a very powerful, beautifully researched and written intellectual/social history of the impact of this war on the way we see the world, think about ourselves and our society, and remember history. A must-read for any serious sutdent of World War I.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Burton J. Cohen on December 15, 2009
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Our view of the world is shaped tremendously by our memory of The Great War.
Fussell's masterful book is both scholarly and emotion-packed. If you care about war and its effects on our identity, you must read this. The new illustrated version adds much more depth to an already powerful book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alex Lee on September 3, 2013
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This book does not need to be reviewed by me! It is a great classic, and it was from its first publication date in the 1970's. I read it back then and remember it with pleasure and admiration after all this time. It reads as easily as a novel, in part because Fussell just writes so well, and in part because he has such a lively and original mind. It has not staled in all these years, indeed, it is as fresh and thought provoking as ever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RolandRHicks on December 31, 2012
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WWI and poetry . . . and fiction . . . written by a master who had seen combat, nothing more to say except R.I.P Paul Fussell, the world is emptier without you.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By AgeeJim on July 13, 2010
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This will give you a deeper understanding of the enormous social, cultural & political sea-changes WWI ushered in. Illustrations are a welcome addition to a great book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael G. Edwards on January 14, 2013
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Fussell has caught the exquisite tension between the hideous reality of trench warfare and the equally hideous awakening of the participants. The irony of our inability to prevent war happening again does not escape me.
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Fussell's book on WWI (or the Great War) details the specifics of the Western Front for the British and connects the war and how memories of the war with irony. He argues that situations and details of the war itself are ironic (such as the proximity of the trenches on the Western Front to England and the language used to described the war as sporty). He also suggests that people use irony to remember the war, including the literature from the war. The photographs, maps, and illustrations are amazing and add so much to the book.
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