Once There Was a War

Once There Was a War - Penguin Classics

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'Do you know it, do you remember it, the drives, the attitudes, the terrors and, yes, the joys?' Thus Steinbeck introduces his collection of poignant and hard-hitting dispatches for the New York Herald Tribune when the Second World War was at its height. He begins in England, recounting the courage of the bomber crews, the tragic air-raids and the strangeness of the British, before being sent to Africa and joining a special operations unit off the coast of Italy. Eating, drinking talking and fighting alongside the soldiers, Steinbeck's empathy for the common man is always in evidence in these pieces, and he never fails to evoke the human side of an inhuman war.

'If you have forgotten what the war was like, Steinbeck will refresh your memory. Age can never dull this kind of writing.'
Chicago Tribune

Book information

ISBN: 9780141186320
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
DEWEY: 940.548173
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Number of pages: 233
Weight: 192g
Height: 196mm
Width: 128mm
Spine width: 16mm