A which verbalizes- at some length- the self searching of a the stress of combat. Here, first in training in the South, with...

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A which verbalizes- at some length- the self searching of a the stress of combat. Here, first in training in the South, with his first girl which ends in an overnight marriage, later in follows John Alles, a boy from Tennessee, through a few individual in which are self revelatory as well as formative. And the idealistic intangibles, the big concepts he sustains, as well as his own private dream of glory, are shattered when in a later action he loses his nerve, and he is forced to reconcile the evidence of his vulnerability with his unacknowledged ambition to become a hero... An attempt to transcribe the thoughts and feelings of an average American combat man, which has a certain verbatim value- diffuse as much of it is.

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Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1951