Books by Paul Fussell

HISTORY
Released: Sept. 16, 2003

"A bracing corrective for a literature recently dominated by Ambrose, Brokaw, and other cheerleaders, and just right for a new season of war."
Brief, wholly memorable essays—sometimes little more than vignettes—on a season in hell. Read full book review >
UNIFORMS by Paul Fussell
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 12, 2002

"Social history that, like certain academics' clothes, presents an overall handsome, even flashy appearance while looking oddly patched together."
In what he bills "a book unashamedly about appearances," the acerbic literary and social critic (The Anti-Egotist, 1994, etc.) analyzes, with varying degrees of success, what uniforms reveal about class, sex, and the need to belong. Read full book review >
DOING BATTLE by Paul Fussell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 1996

"Unpleasant in many ways, but valuable, as are other of Fussell's works, for a forthright portrayal of war's horrors and lasting ill effects."
From literary historian Fussell (The Angi-Egotist, 1994; Wartime 1989; etc.), a lugubrious, frequently self-pitying account, relieved by flashes of wit, of how he evolved from a happy-go-lucky Southern California innocent into the vinegary cynic and intellectual snob he is now. Read full book review >
THE ANTI-EGOTIST by Paul Fussell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Despite the oddities in diction and tone, Fussell is the perfect match for his subject — witty, thoughtful, brief, and, not least of it, accurate."
Fussell (Bad, 1991, etc.) certainly has come a long way from his early work as a conventional literary scholar. Read full book review >
BAD by Paul Fussell
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Domestic—and invaluable—Fussell."
From Fussell, a great crying out at just about everything that's awful about today's America. Read full book review >
WARTIME by Paul Fussell
Released: Sept. 7, 1989

"Funny, upsetting, at times brilliantly illuminating."
In this engaging, elegant, and enlightening study of WW II. Read full book review >
ABROAD by Paul Fussell
Released: Sept. 1, 1980

"In this irascibly lyrical vein Fussell is as good as the people he writes about—which is very good indeed."
"Before tourism there was travel, and before travel there was exploration." Read full book review >
THE GREAT WAR AND MODERN MEMORY by Paul Fussell
Released: Aug. 28, 1975

"Still, the subject is immensely important, and Fussell—best when examining the memoirs of half-anonymous survivors—opens up challenging lines of inquiry into what he calls, in Northrop Frye's words, a piece of "our own buried life."
New inroads into an area of literary history partly probed by Bernard Bergonzi's Heroes' Twilight (1966). Read full book review >
SAMUEL JOHNSON AND THE LIFE OF WRITING by Paul Fussell
Released: March 10, 1971

"A fair and fine tribute to a dark and aggravating presence."
Dr. Johnson was engaged, according to Dr. Fussell's entertaining monograph, in savagely honest exercises in this world's significations and the obligations attendant on the next. Read full book review >