Seen by most scholars, critics, and other readers as one of the finest novels to come out of the Second World War, The Naked and the Dead received unprecedented critical acclaim upon its publication and has since become part of the American canon. This fiftieth anniversary edition features a new introduction created especially for the occasion by Norman Mailer.
Written in gritty, journalistic detail, the story follows an army platoon of foot soldiers who are fighting for the possession of the Japanese-held island of Anopopei. Composed in 1948, The Naked and the Dead is representative of the best in twentieth-century American writing.
"The best novel to come out of [WWII], perhaps the best book to come out of any war."—San Francisco Chronicle
"[The] best novel yet about World War II."—Time
"Brutal, agonizing, astonishingly thoughtful."—Newsweek
"[A] nightmarish masterpiece of realism."—Cleveland News
"Vibrant with life, abundant with real people, full of memorable scenes. To call it merely a great book about the war would be to minimize its total achievement."—The Philadelphia Inquirer
"The most important American novel since Moby Dick."—Providence Journal