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The Resource Wartime : understanding and behavior in the Second World War, Paul Fussell

Wartime : understanding and behavior in the Second World War, Paul Fussell

Label
Wartime : understanding and behavior in the Second World War
Title
Wartime
Title remainder
understanding and behavior in the Second World War
Statement of responsibility
Paul Fussell
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
" ... in 'Wartime, ' Fussell turns to the Second World War, the conflict he himself fought in, to weave a narrative that is both more intensely personal and more wide-ranging ... Here Fussell examines the immediate impact of the war on common soldiers and civilians. He describes the psychological and emotional atmosphere of World War II. He analyzes the wishful thinking and the euphemisms people needed to deal with unacceptable reality (the early belief, for instance, that the war could be won by 'precision bombing, ' that is, by long distance); he describes the abnormally intense frustration of desire and some of the means by which desire was satisfied; and, most important, he emphasizes the damage the war did to intellect, discrimination, honesty, individuality, complexity, ambiguity and wit ... He examines ... how the great privations of wartime (when oranges would be raffled off as valued prizes) resulted in roccoco prose styles that dwelt longingly on lavish dinners, and how the 'high-mindedness' of the era and the almost pathological need to 'accentuate the positive' invited the downfall of the acerbic H.L. Mencken and the ascent of E.B. White. He also offers astute commentary on Edmund Wilson's argument with Archibald MacLeish, Cyril Connolly's 'Horizon' magazine, the war poetry of Randall Jarrell and Louis Simpson, and many other aspects of the wartime literary world ... For the past fifty years, the Allied war has been sanitized and romanticized almost beyond recognition by 'the sentimental, the loony patriotic, the ignorant, and the bloodthirsty.' Americans, he says, have never understood what the Second World War was really like ... [and] he offers such an understanding
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
940.54/886/73
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
D810.P7
LC item number
U365 1989
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Wartime : understanding and behavior in the Second World War, Paul Fussell
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-319) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
From light to heavy duty -- "Precision bombing will win the war" -- Someone had blundered -- Rumors of war -- School of the soldier -- Unread books on a shelf -- Chickenshit, an anaotomy -- Drinking far too much, copulating too little -- Type-casting -- The ideological vacuum -- Accentuate the positive -- High-mindedness -- With one voice -- Deprivation -- Compensation -- Reading in wartime -- Fresh idiom -- "The real war will never get in the books."
Control code
19125231
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 330 pages
Isbn
9780195037975
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
89002875
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Wartime : understanding and behavior in the Second World War, Paul Fussell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-319) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
From light to heavy duty -- "Precision bombing will win the war" -- Someone had blundered -- Rumors of war -- School of the soldier -- Unread books on a shelf -- Chickenshit, an anaotomy -- Drinking far too much, copulating too little -- Type-casting -- The ideological vacuum -- Accentuate the positive -- High-mindedness -- With one voice -- Deprivation -- Compensation -- Reading in wartime -- Fresh idiom -- "The real war will never get in the books."
Control code
19125231
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 330 pages
Isbn
9780195037975
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
89002875
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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