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All Quiet on the Western Front Mass Market Paperback – March 12, 1987
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This edition of Remarque's 1929 World War I classic includes numerous period photos of German soldiers. If you're looking for a nice hardcover, try it.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank, a man who can bend language to his will. Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure.”—The New York Times Book Review
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In my opinion, the Nazis burned Remarque's books not because he changed his name to a non-German name, but because this book is filled with anti-war sentiment cloaked as it had to be in 1928 when this was first published. To have lived through war in the trenches as Remarque did, qualifies him to speak to the insanity of mass killing that is war.
Let us all read his pages and imbibe the message of the cruelty and senselessness of war. I feel as if I want to go out and obtain a copy of every book Remarque ever published. Let his experience be our teacher; let his message endure. Let every school-kid in the world read and study these pages, so they come to know what war is. Let the decision-makers of the world pore over every passage, and ask themselves whether they will send their children to war. Let Remarque's works guide their decision.
Truly a classic.
The Revolutionary War- Think Henry the 8th would have challenged Washington, Jefferson, Franklin of Patrick Henry to a duel?
Civil War-US Lincoln didn’t want the war, yet the Southern States didn’t want the Northern States dictating policy. Would the two Presidents and their generals agreed to stand toe-to-toe and the last one standing would win?
World War Two-How many times did the Allies sign treaties that stated Germany would no invade their counties? I don’t see Hitler agreeing to stand in the line of fire to decide the fate of Germany.
Korean Conflict-Should the US have not intervened? Should we have let the North Koreans, supported by China to occupy the continent?
Vietnam War-This is the first modern war where we see political bungling at its worst. This is the companion to The Great War. If ever a war was fought without specific goals from a country’s leaders, this is it.
Desert Storm-Do you think Saddam was going to pull out of Kuwait on his own?
Afghanistan/Iraqi War-This conflict will be debating by scholars and historians for decades to come. Again, would Saddam and Al Qaeda negotiated in good faith and laid down their arms?
We have learned through the centuries that warfare is fought by the youth and not the politicians. Those who fight learn the true meaning of death and loss. They endure the nightmares of the fallen and many struggle with survivors guilt. But they also learn, that when negotiations fail and potential enemies renege on promises, action must be taken. Let us remember Neville Chamberlain’s claim some twenty-two years later, “We have peace in our time.”
For the sane, it is the last action sought for they know what will happen to the bodies of those men and women who will man the lines.
Granted, this was the most horrendous war and loss of life as detailed in modern history, before Sept 1, 1939. The introduction of the machine-gun and the massive artillery guns, along with the advent of Air Power, changed the face of warfare. Who could have foreseen the deaths of over twenty million soldiers and civilians? The world hoped a lesson would be learned from all this senseless waste of life. Unfortunately, the “Peace,” laid the groundwork for the most destructive, cataclysmic conflict to come.
The lessons of this work should never be shelved or forgotten, but one must also realize that when sane men aren’t at the controls, action must be taken.