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.
Great quality audiobook
The audiobook itself is very well done, the narrator reads very well, and puts plenty of passion into the narrating. Audio quality is perfectly fine. The book itself is a must-read.
For everyone who wants to skip through all the introductions and get to the good stuff, fast forward to 43:47.
Peace and love to all.
Johnny Got His Gun
This is without a doubt the best war book I've ever read. I first read this book while I was with the US Army in Vietnam. Over the years I have bought more copies of this book and ended up giving it away for friends to read and without exception Johnny Got His Gun has deeply impacted those I know who have read it. I now work at a VA hospital and have shared this book many times with my co-workers. I am not a particular fan of Cindy Sheehan, who wrote the Forward to this book, but she, like many family members of those who have died in war, all share in the grief of loss and question the morality of war. I have not seen the movie but plan to.