To Hell and Back

Audie Murphy; Foreword by Tom Brokaw

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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 1949, 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. Although still under twenty-one years old on V-E Day, he was credited with having killed, captured, or wounded 240 Germans. He emerged from the war as America's most decorated soldier, having received twenty-one medals, including our highest military decoration, the Congressional Medal of Honor. To Hell and Back is a powerfully real portrayal of American GI's at war.

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TO HELL AND BACK
1ON a hill just inland from the invasion beaches of Sicily, a soldier sits on a rock. His helmet is off; and the hot sunshine glints through his coppery hair. With the sleeve of his shirt he wipes the sweat from his face; then with chin in palm he leans forward in thought.The company is taking a break. We sprawl upon the slope, loosen the straps of our gear, and gaze at the blue sky. It is my first day of combat; and so far the action of the unit has been undramatic and disappointingly slow.Just trust the army to get things fouled up.

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Audie Murphy; Foreword by Tom Brokaw

Audie Murphy was the most decorated American soldier during World War II. He went on to a long film career, starring in The Red Badge of Courage, The Quiet American, and his own To Hell and Back. He was killed in a plane crash in 1971 at age forty-six.

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To Hell and Back
Audie Murphy; Foreword by Tom Brokaw

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks
May 2002
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805070866
ISBN10: 0805070869
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$16.00

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Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks
May 2002
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466826380
ISBN10: 146682638X
288 pages
$9.99
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