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To Hell and Back by Audie Murphy

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To Hell and Back: Europe, 1914-1949 by Ian Kershaw – review

Sign in. Based on the autobiography of Audie Murphy who stars as himself in the film. Native of Texas, he was placed in charge of his many younger siblings on the death of his mother and decided to join the military at the age of 18 to provide for them. His many acts of bravery and heroism during the US military advance through Italy, France and into Germany earn him increasing rank and responsibility as well as the respect of his comrades in arms. Eventually he receives two dozen of the highest medals the US and France can bestow, culminating in the awarding of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Starting with his boyhood in Texas, where he became the head of his family at a young age, the story follows his enrollment in Army where he was assigned to the 3rd Division.

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. The two men retraced 1, miles of battlefield as Murphy related details of the events to McClure.

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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. - Yesterday I reviewed the movie.

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.

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. Beginning with the outbreak of World War I through the rise of Hitler and the aftermath of the Second World War, award-winning British historian Ian Kershaw combines his characteristic original scholarship and gripping prose as he profiles the key decision makers and the violent shocks of war as they affected the entire European continent and radically altered the course of European history. Kershaw identifies four major causes for this catastrophe: an explosion of ethnic-racist nationalism, bitter and irreconcilable demands for territorial revisionism, acute class conflict given concrete focus through the Bolshevik Revolution, and a protracted crisis of capitalism.

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