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Download The Boys' Crusade: The American Infantry in Northwestern Europe, 1944-1945 (Modern Library Chronicles) Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (184 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Fussell Narrator: Joel Leffert Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2005 ISBN:
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National Book Award Winner Paul Fussell tells the breathtaking story of WWII from the young soldiers' points of view. WWII was not the glorified picture it is often depicted to be. For the American soldier it was a tiring, emotional, and gruesome experience. Fussell's extensive details and insight help to make this story come alive. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert B | 12/23/2013

    " Short essays on the US and British infantry in Europe during World War II. Bitter and pessimistic, but perhaps we need the occasional reminder that the war was not easy and that there were mistakes, deserters, and scared young men on our side as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie Tanner | 12/19/2013

    " I thought this was ok. It gave some interesting information about the war from the perspective of a young soldier. It wasn't particularly well written (in my opinion) but it was easy to understand how things happened during the war when so many of the soldiers were young, naive men. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 12/6/2013

    " Rather than try to retell the history of the European Campaign, Mr. Fussell concentrates on stories about the GIs fighting the battles. The stories are organized chronologically. Interesting read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 11/12/2013

    " Not much to this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 7/10/2013

    " Fussell holds nothing back here. The book is fresh, honest, well done. I feel like he may have overdone it here and there, but since I can't quite put my finger on what he overdid I can't say much about it. It's a quick read, but a good one for anyone interested in WWII. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Blow | 6/1/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book, short and to the point (like a good song may I add). I was surprised that it talked about some of the less glamorous action taken by our boys during the war, which was refreshing yet disheartening. Easy read, full of facts, and some truly gruesome stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 José | 10/17/2012

    " Quick read, yet ranks among the most powerful depictions of the horrors of war that I've ever encountered. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Troy | 11/20/2011

    " A really good look at what it was like to fight in WWII. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 10/3/2011

    " Adds a whole new dimension to "war". The thought that WWII was some sort of justified war may or may not be true, but the fact is that both sides made some horrible mistakes that lend to the idea that all war is nasty. Gave me a different perspective. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephen Graham | 9/7/2011

    " Too short, too anecdotal, too reflective of Fussell's bitterness. His own Wartime is a far superior treatment of the same issues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Rohmiller | 7/22/2011

    " Short, but makes its point. War is hell and not good and not the heroism that Ambrose portrays it to be. Very difficult to write a chapter by chapter review because it's vignette/essay style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 5/3/2011

    " This was an iteresting read, but too short, and oddly titled. Many of the chapters didn't really deal with the youth of the combatants. Also, it didn't really address the whole campaign. It read like a set of essays titled by the editor. Good, but too short. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve C | 4/15/2011

    " Unromantic portrayal of the infantryman's life in WWII, in northwestern Europe 1944-1945. A must read for anyone called to the warrior's vocation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Troy Ramsay | 4/11/2011

    " A really good look at what it was like to fight in WWII. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 8/31/2010

    " Short, but makes its point. War is hell and not good and not the heroism that Ambrose portrays it to be. Very difficult to write a chapter by chapter review because it's vignette/essay style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 1/17/2010

    " Unromantic portrayal of the infantryman's life in WWII, in northwestern Europe 1944-1945. A must read for anyone called to the warrior's vocation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 1/9/2010

    " Adds a whole new dimension to "war". The thought that WWII was some sort of justified war may or may not be true, but the fact is that both sides made some horrible mistakes that lend to the idea that all war is nasty. Gave me a different perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 9/2/2009

    " This was an iteresting read, but too short, and oddly titled. Many of the chapters didn't really deal with the youth of the combatants. Also, it didn't really address the whole campaign. It read like a set of essays titled by the editor. Good, but too short. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Blow | 1/11/2008

    " I really enjoyed this book, short and to the point (like a good song may I add). I was surprised that it talked about some of the less glamorous action taken by our boys during the war, which was refreshing yet disheartening. Easy read, full of facts, and some truly gruesome stories. "

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About the Author
Author Paul Fussell

Paul Fussell is Donald T. Regan Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of several books. His Companion to Wartime, The Great War and Modern Memory won the National Book Award in 1976 as well as the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award from Phi Beta Kappa. He has taught at Connecticut College, the University of Heidelberg, and Rutgers University. Mr. Fussell lives in Philadelphia.

About the Narrator

Joel Leffert is a professional actor, stage performer, and director. He toured Europe playing Salieri in Amadeus and premiered at the National Theater in London in the newly discovered Tennessee Williams play Not About Nightingales. His television appearances include Law & Order and Third Watch, and he had roles in the Woody Allen films Deconstructing Harry and Celebrity. Leffert is the artistic director of the Salamander Repertory Theater in New York City.