Three Soldiers (Dover Thrift Editions)

By John Dos Passos

This grimly sensible depiction of military existence follows a trio of idealists as they cope with the regimentation, violence, and tedium of army carrier. Incited prior the purpose of persistence, the warriors reply with rancor and murderous rage. This robust exploration of warfare's dehumanizing results is still chillingly modern.

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