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The Forgotten Soldier Paperback – October 1, 2001
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"May well be accorded equal respect with War and Peace as the masterpiece reporting war’s reality."
"I don’t think that anyone who reads [it] to the end will ever forget it."
"May be the book about World War II which has been so long awaited."
"A work of soul."
"Eloquent . . . powerful . . . Critics have likened it to All Quiet on the Western Front."
"Transcends language and nationality to address the human race."
"Few memoirs can compare with this work in range of feeling, depths of self-analysis, or vivid recounting of combat. This exception book is highly recommended."
"Must be read. . . . An enduring indictment of the evil of war and what it does to man."
Top Customer Reviews
Much has been said about the accuracy of this account, but I have read convincing work that it is largely true. Any memoir is nothing more than the authors recollection of events, so you could argue that any 100% accurate memoir is impossible. If Sajer filled in some bits and pieces to give it continuity and enforce his overall experience, I'm okay with that.
It sounds cliché, but this is the kind of book that really makes you appreciate what you have, and not sweat the small stuff. Sajer battles freezing temperatures (40 below) night after night, broken down equipment, lack of supplies, poor communication, severe illness, un-sympathizing commanders, and seeing his friends blown to bits in front of, and often right on him. Kind puts your frustration at that line at Starbucks into perspective.
I also appreciated the fact Sajer did not use the book to grandstand a political point of view. He doesn't soap box anti-war sentiments, or try to introduce any type of moral compass. Sajer is a simple guy, and doesn't pretend to be anything but. Its like Maslow's hierarchy of needs: he is so consumed with simply surviving, worrying about anything else seems preposterous.
If you want a first-hand account of a WWII soldier without all the military strategy, history, and editorializing, this book is an excellent choice. But if you have a weak stomach, you may want to pass.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best books I have ever read about the Eastern Front. The author puts you right there in the action and on his trips back to Germany and France. Read morePublished 3 days ago by doktordoom
How this guy escaped getting killed is beyond me. Three years on the Eastern Front was usually a death warrant, but he made it out alive. Read morePublished 4 days ago by TomR
This book I read over a series of months and I still remember almost every detail of it and I'm writing this review 2 years after reading it . Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bri Guy
Just a brilliant book. Riveting. The only drawback is one is reading about the life of a soldier in the devil's army but to Sajer's credit although he was cog in the hell wrought... Read morePublished 1 month ago by John F
I've bought this book three times and read it twice. Every time i lend it to someone it never comes back! Possibly the best war story you will ever read!!Published 1 month ago by 44neb
I have read hundreds of combat memoirs on soldiers from all over this book is shocking the horrors these men went through. Read morePublished 1 month ago by t.s.k
Great story of the war in the east that few Americans appreciate. It's a tale of the universal horrors of war told from the perspective of a German soldier.Published 1 month ago by K Jenkins
Good read on the other side. Father fought his way through Europe. The enemy was the enemy and many soldiers were as we were.Published 1 month ago by John C. Riesberg