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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (12,779 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dalton Trumbo Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This was no ordinary war. This was a war to make the world safe for democracy. And if democracy was made safe, then nothing else mattered—not the millions of dead bodies, nor the thousands of ruined lives. This is no ordinary novel. This is a novel that never takes the easy way out: it is shocking, violent, terrifying, horrible, uncompromising, brutal, remorseless, and gruesome … but so is war.

Johnny Got His Gun holds a place as one of the classic antiwar novels. First published in 1939, Dalton Trumbo’s story of a young American soldier terribly maimed in World War I—he “survives” armless, legless, and faceless, but with his mind intact—was an immediate bestseller. This fiercely moving novel was a rallying point for many Americans who came of age during World War II, and it became perhaps the most popular novel of protest during the Vietnam era.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mr. Trumbo sets this story down almost without pause or punctuation and with a fury amounting to eloquence.”

    New York Times

  • “It is hard to imaging a more persuasive argument for staying out of war than this smooth, savage, brilliant tale.”

    Chicago Daily News

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Arielle | 2/20/2014

    " I read this junior year of high school, and to this day its the best grade I've ever received on an essay. I titled it "Dead Meat" and I wrote it in Trig class right before turning it in the next period. Thanks, Mr. Kelly! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tiffani | 2/12/2014

    " I read this book in jr. high school... I was (embarrassingly) inspired to read it by Metallica's video for "One," and low and behold discovered a beautifully written story about a terrible war tragedy. The descriptions and authors imagination was so vivid and moving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rod | 2/7/2014

    " Great book but when I read it, it was just before I was about to be drafted for the Vietnam war. Not a good time to read it! Thankfully, I never was drafted. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Josh Wood | 1/29/2014

    " An attack disguised as a story. A little too preachy for me. "

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About the Author
Author Dalton Trumbo

Dalton Trumbo (1905–1976), a screenwriter and novelist, was among the most prolific and important literary figures of his time. Dalton’s screenwriting credits include Kitty Foyle, for which he received an Academy Award nomination; Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo; and Sparticus. His books include Eclipse, The Time of the Toad, The Devil in the Book, and Washington Jitters. Johnny Got His Gun, the most highly acclaimed work of Trumbo’s extraordinary career, won a National Book Award (then known as an American Book Sellers Award) in 1939.