From hell and back book
To Hell and Back
Look Inside. Nov 15, ISBN Nov 17, ISBN The European catastrophe, the long continuous period from to , was unprecedented in human history—an extraordinarily dramatic, often traumatic, and endlessly fascinating period of upheaval and transformation. This new volume in the Penguin History of Europe series offers comprehensive coverage of this tumultuous era.
To Hell and Back is Audie Murphy 's World War II memoir, detailing the events that led him to receive the Medal of Honor and also to become one of the most decorated foot-soldiers of the war. Although only Murphy's name appears on the book cover, it was in fact a collaboration with writer David "Spec" McClure. After securing a publishing contract in , Murphy and McClure worked on the book through in Murphy's Hollywood apartment. Murphy did write some of the prose himself, but most of it was in "as told to" style, with the writing left to McClure. While in France, Murphy received permission to visit the battle sites.
There are good reasons for this. At one key juncture after another, its leaders and mobilised people created conditions, and ultimately catastrophes, to which other leaders and peoples could only — usually belatedly and ineffectively — react. It makes sense to focus a history of Europe in this era on the problem of Germany. But how to tell that story? After all we know how it all ends; the smouldering ashes of are visible from the start. Historians have dealt with that conundrum differently — some recovering ordinary lives, others piling on descriptions of atrocities to spur moral outrage. Kershaw follows none of these paths.
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The classic bestselling war memoir by the most decorated American soldier in World War II, back in print in a trade paperback. Originally published in , To Hell and Back was a smash bestseller for fourteen weeks and later became a major motion picture starring Audie Murphy as himself. More than fifty years later, this classic wartime memoir is just as gripping as it was then. Desperate to see action but rejected by both the marines and paratroopers because he was too short, Murphy eventually found a home with the infantry. He fought through campaigns in Sicily, Italy, France, and Germany.