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The classic bestselling war memoir by the most decorated American soldier in World War II, back in print in a trade paperback Originally published in 1949, "To Hell and Back" was a smash bestseller for fourteen weeks and later became a major motion picture starring Audie Murphy as himself. More than fifty years later, this classic wartime memoir is just as gripping as it was then. Desperate to see action but rejected by both the marines and paratroopers because he was too short, Murphy eventually found a home with the infantry. He fought through campaigns in Sicily, Italy, France, and Germany. Although still under twenty-one years old on V-E Day, he was credited with having killed, captured, or wounded 240 Germans. He emerged from the war as America's most decorated soldier, having received twenty-one medals, including our highest military decoration, the Congressional Medal of Honor. "To Hell and Back" is a powerfully real portrayal of American GI's at war.
Never lose track of History and these Hero's who put their Life on the Line Daily.
A thoroughly interesting Read.
Australind, Western Australia
I Savoured Every Page
I savoured every page of this book - I didn't want it to finish. Murphy's writing is intelligent. He creates the personalities of his fellow soldiers - in fact he tries to keep himself in the background (not really possible!). I don't think I've been so affected by the loss of life in another war memoir or fiction, and I've read James Jones' trilogy, Norman Mailer, Tolstoy. Farley Mowat (who also participated in the Italian campaign) comes closest ('And No Birds Sang'). This book is not about heroics - his description of fear is too real for that. Humour helps the soldiers get through their hell. The enemy, though naturally hated, is treated with admiration and respect. It's not black and white. A real soldier's story.
To Hell and Back
ISBN: 9780805070866 ISBN-10: 0805070869 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 288 Published: 1st May 2002 Publisher: HENRY HOLT & CO Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 14.1
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1 Edition Type: New edition