Johnny Got His Gun

Johnny Got His Gun

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This was no ordinary war. This was a war to make the world safe for democracy. And if democracy was made safe, then nothing else mattered--not the millions of dead bodies, nor the thousands of ruined lives...This is no ordinary novel. This is a novel that never takes the easy way out: it is shocking, violent, terrifying, horrible, uncompromising, brutal, remorseless and gruesome...but so is war.Winner of the National Book Award "Mr. Trumbo sets this story down almost without pause or punctuation and with a fury amounting to eloquence."-- "The New York Times" "It is hard to imaging a more persuasive argument for staying out of war than this smooth, savage, brilliant tale."-- "Chicago Daily News"show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 140 x 206 x 22mm | 299.37g
  • Kensington Publishing
  • Citadel Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0806528478
  • 9780806528472
  • 188,302

About Dalton Trumbo

Dalton Trumbo (December 9, 1905 September 10, 1976) was among the most prolific and important literary figures of his time. One of the famous Hollywood Ten, he refused to testify about his alleged communist affiliations before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947. Blacklisted from the film industry and charged with contempt of Congress, he served an eleven-month prison sentence. "Johnny Got His Gun," the most highly acclaimed work of Trumbo s extraordinary career, won a National Book award (then known as an American Book Sellers Award) in 1939. The idea for the novel came to Trumbo after he learned of a British soldier who was seriously injured during World War I. In 2015 the acclaimed film Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston, spurred renewed interest in the author s life and works. E. L. Doctorow s works of fiction include "Homer & Langley," "The March," "Billy Bathgate," "Ragtime," "The Book of Daniel," "City of God," "Welcome to Hard Times," "Loon Lake," "World s Fair," "The Waterworks," and "All the Time in the World." Among his honors are the National Book Award, three National Book Critics Circle Awards, two PEN Faulkner Awards, the Edith Wharton Citation for Fiction and the presidentially-conferred National Humanities Medal. In 2009 he was short listed for the Man Booker International Prize honoring a writer s lifetime achievement in fiction, and in 2012 he won the PEN Saul Bellow Award given to an author whose scale of achievement over a sustained career places him in the highest rank of American Literature. In 2013 the American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded him the Gold Medal for Fiction."show more

Back cover copy

"Johnny Got His Gun" holds a place as one of the classic antiwar novels. First published in 1939, Dalton Trumbo's story of a young American soldier terribly maimed in World War I-- he "survives" armless, legless, and faceless, but with mind intact-- was an immediate bestseller. This fiercely moving novel was a rallying point for many Americans who came of age during World War II, and it became perhaps the most popular novel of protest during the Vietnam era. Citadel Underground's edition of "Johnny Got His Gun" features a powerful new introduction by Ron Kovic, author of "Born on the Fourth of July", and also includes an introduction by Dalton Trumbo. ""Johnny Got His Gun" still remains the most powerful piece of writing to influence me after Vietnam. Upon my return from the war, and after all these twenty-two years spent in a wheelchair, paralyzed from the mid-chest down, I've read many writers that have influenced my life profoundly-- Hemingway, Conrad, Tolstoy, Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King-- but there has been nothing out of that body of great literature to compare to this book... "Johnny Got His Gun" remains the most revolutionary, searing document against was and injustice ever written." --Ron Kovic, from his introduction "{This} is a terrifying book, of an extraordinary emotional intensity." --The Washington Post ""Johnny Got His Gun" is not merely a powerful antiwar document; it is also a powerful and brilliant work of the imagination... Mr. Trumbo has written a book that can never be forgotten by anyone who reads it." --Saturday Review "A terrible story, remorseless, uncompromising... this book was a shocking and violent experience." --Herald Tribune "There can be no question of the effectiveness of this book." --The New York Timesshow more