YOUTH AND WAR: World War I to Vietnam by Don--Ed Lawson

YOUTH AND WAR: World War I to Vietnam

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KIRKUS REVIEW

From the cultivated astonishment of Sassoon and Graves to the recorded feats of Congressional Medal of Honor winners--eleven selections (some quite brief), uneven in caliber, quite different in nature and not even, by a long shot, all focused on ""youth."" One that is, Vincent Sheean's memoir of Jim Lardner, ""The Last Volunteer"" in the International Brigades and the last to die, sees him in terms of Crane's Young Soldier--an oldster's view in a piece that, in any case, is obscure without prior knowledge of the Spanish Civil War (and hopefully a little French for the untranslated phrases). The two other long excerpts, from Richard Hillary's Falling Through Space and--by an anonymous author-Target Germany are standard accounts of air combat and its costs. There's no need to discuss this in terms of current issues because it has no bearing on them.

Pub Date: Oct. 13th, 1969
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard