752 pages 5th edition
one of the finest novels to come out of the Second World War,
The Naked and the Dead received unprecedented critical acclaim
upon its publication and has since enjoyed a long and well-deserved
tenure in the American canon. This fiftieth anniversary edition
features a new introduction created especially for the occasion
by Norman Mailer.
gritty, journalistic detail, the story follows a platoon of
Marines who are stationed on the Japanese-held island of Anopopei.
Composed in 1948 with the wisdom of a man twice Mailer's age
and the raw courage of the young man he was, The Naked and
the Dead is representative of the best in twentieth-century
wrote The Naked and the Dead at the age of twenty-five, after
serving two years in the Philippines as a rifleman during
World War II. He has written thirty-one books, including Armies
of the Night (1968), which won the Pulitzer Prize and the
National Book Award, The Executioner's Song (1979), which
also won the Pulitzer, and more recently, Harlot's Ghost.