Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Paths of Glory

By Humphrey Cobb

From the back of the book:

“The inspiration for Stanley Kubrick’s acclaimed 1957 film of the same name, Paths of Glory explores the perilous complications involved in what nations demand of their soldiers in wartime. Humphrey Cobb’s protagonists are Frenchmen during the First World War whose nightmare in the trenches takes a terrible turn when they are ordered to assault a German position deemed all but invulnerable.”

Just my opinion:

This book is a reprint of the original classic that includes an introduction by James H. Meredith, a war and literature scholar, and excerpts from the author’s own World War I diaries. The book tells the truth about war and pulls no punches when describing the tragedy ordinary men often must face when risking their lives for their country.

It’s definitely enlightening and you will learn something about yourself as you examine your reaction to these written words. However, the book is as eye-opening as it is heartbreaking and it’s a story everyone should read at least once in their lifetime. You’ll read the lines of every rank within an Army, from the enlisted soldier to the general himself.

I’d recommend picking it up when you don’t have anything else to do and there are no distractions, because once you start, you won’t want to put it down. It will keep you enthralled from the first page.

No comments: