The Thin Red Line
Book 2 in The World War II TrilogyJones’s classic novel of the battle of Guadalcanal: a portrait of American soldiers facing the horror of war in intense jungle combat In August of 1942 the first American marines charged Guadalcanal, igniting a six-month battle for two thousand square miles of jungle and sand. In that gruesome stretch sixty thousand Americans made the jump from boat to beach, and one in nine did not return. James Jones fought in that battle, and The Thin Red Line is his haunting portrait of men and war. The soldiers of C-for-Charlie Company are not cast from the heroic mold. The unit’s captain is too intelligent and sensitive for the job, his first sergeant is half mad, and the enlisted men begin the campaign gripped by cowardice. Jones’s moving portrayal of the Pacific combat experience stands among the great literature of World War II. This ebook features an illustrated biography of James Jones including rare photos from the author’s estate.
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"Some of the most shattering prose on men in combat since Hemingway was the acknowledged champ.” —San Francisco Chronicle “ . . . a powerful, moving novel that probes the heart of man’s most heartless activity—war.” —Chicago Sunday Tribune “One of the significant writers of his generation.” —The New York Times Book Review “Few men write as effectively about the American army as James Jones.” —Newsweek “The only one of my contemporaries who I felt had more talent than myself was James Jones. And he has also been the only writer of any time for whom I felt any love.” —Norman Mailer
About the author
James Jones (1921–1977) was one of the most accomplished American authors of the World War II generation. He served in the United States Army from 1939 to 1944, and was present at the attack on Pearl Harbor as well as the battle for Guadalcanal, where he was decorated with a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Jones’s experiences informed his epic war novels From Here to Eternity and The Thin Red Line. His other works include Some Came Running, The Pistol, Go to the Widow-Maker, The Ice-Cream Headache and Other Stories, The Merry Month of May, A Touch of Danger, Whistle, and To the End of the War, a book of previously unpublished fiction.