The Storm of Steel: From the Diary of a German Stormtroop Officer on the Western Front (Paperback)

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By Ernst Junger, Basil Creighton (Translator)
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"the most powerful memoir of any war" --DAILY TELEGRAPH NEWSPAPER (Britain) "critical success ... revels in the glory of combat"--NEW YORK TIMES "one of the greatest works about the First World War" --THE INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER (Britain) NUMBER ONE NEW RELEASE for Kindle, in "Biography & Memoirs ...World War I" for August-September 2017. Full Title is "STORM OF STEEL: THE EPIC COMBAT MEMOIR OF A GERMAN INFANTRYMAN, Translated in American English." STORM OF STEEL is possibly the greatest combat memoir of the modern era. It is a universal first-hand account of the terrifying calamity that was the First World War of 1914-18. It is told through German eyes, but appeals to all humanity, regardless of nation. This new 2017 edition is a first translation in American-English (not British-English), and is designed especially for American readers. This is a breathtaking, never-to-be-forgotten account of war. Combat sequences are riveting, detailed, and precise. The book appeals to both students of military history, and to general readers of quality literature about the human condition This war memoir focuses on daily life in the combat trenches, and its haunting pathos. Although narrated through German eyes, it could be the story of any army of any nation. Grisly death and woundings are commonplace. However, there are also noble deeds of heroism and self-sacrifice, of average men willing to fight and die for each other. It is a universal tale of humanity, both evil and good, sin and redemption. This new 2017 translation is completely in American English (not British English). It is the only translation of the early edition of 1921-22, when the author was still in the German Army. It is the closest English edition yet to the original combat. Previous translations were by British-educated writers, and based on editions revised long after the war. American audiences will appreciate this new translation in American English, rather than British English. It uses modern military terminology, and provides fuller descriptions of European history and geography. It especially brings to life the German author's unusual fascination with the American West. Indeed, the author J nger stands as a symbol of repentance and forgiveness. He was one of the most decorated German soldiers ever, but later used his prominence to movingly advocate the reconciliation of former enemies. His narrative contains poignant passages about lost souls upon the battlefield that know no national boundaries. New scholarship in this all-new 2017 edition reveals that author Ernst J nger became a daring anti-Nazi during the Second World War. In 1944, he supported the German officers who sought to assassinate Adolf Hitler, and only escaped arrest and execution through a stunning twist of fate. Instead, Ernst J nger survived to be one of the greatest German novelists of all time, not passing until the grand age of 102 in 1998. BH Masterworks is an imprint of Boston Hill Press, a premier publisher of quality books in history. ******************************************************************* What people have said about STORM OF STEEL: "The greatest war memoir I have ever read. ... undoubtedly the most powerful memoir of any war. ... combines the most astonishing literary gifts with absorption with war in every detail. --THE DAILY TELEGRAPH NEWSPAPER (Britain) " a] critical success ... a memorial to fallen comrades and an attempt to make sense of his war experiences ... revels in the glory of combat"--NEW YORK TIMES (USA) "one of the greatest works about the First World War, along with those by Erich Maria Remarque, Henri Barbusse, e.e. cummings, David Jones and Lucien Descaves" --THE INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER (Britain) "a surgically precise view of battle"--ECONOMIST MAGAZINE (Britain)
Product Details
ISBN: 9780865274235
Publisher: Howard Fertig
Publication Date: July 1st, 1996
Pages: 319