BEST ARMY SHORT STORIES -- 1950 by U. S Army Contest

BEST ARMY SHORT STORIES -- 1950

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KIRKUS REVIEW

With originality the first basis of selection and literary style second, these 12 best short stories from those submitted, by officer and enlisted personnel, in the U.S. Army's world-wide $3,000 contest, have a definitely slick, magazine angle. Collier's $1,000 prize for the top three includes magazine publication for Ki and the Nonad Woman by Major Gordon Enders, an effective picture of the destruction of a nomad tribe. Others are concerned with an English-American boy whom a U. S. Army Chaplain helps to live down his bastardy: a German priest who is tried -- and acquitted through his innocence: the bringing in of a smart, smooth AWOL recruit: the burial of a soldier in his home town: slot machine mania is passed from one addict to another: a hot bath gets mixed up in military strategy and wins the day: a woman government worker's sterile life: anonymous bizarre predictions bring luck to a housewife and disaster to their originator: an important telephone break-down is dismissed as ""no hitch"" after a miraculous repair is effected and the mission is successful; an Egyptian houseboy sees his King: salvage from ships sunk by submarines is the cause of an Irish town's destruction. Sentimental, some, funny, others, strictly on the popular line.

Pub Date: Nov. 2nd, 1950
Publisher: Rinehart