Johnny Got His Gun

Trumbo, Dalton, 1905-1976

Paperback - 2007
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Johnny Got His Gun
Random House, Inc.
The Searing Portrayal Of War That Has Stunned And Galvanized Generations Of Readers

It was the war to end all wars, the global struggle that would finally make the world safe for democracy--at any cost. But one American soldier has paid a price beyond measure. And within the disfigured flesh that was once a vision of youth lives a spirit that cannot accept what the world has become.

An immediate bestseller upon its original publication in 1939, Dalton Trumbo's stark, profoundly troubling masterpiece about the horrors of World War I brilliantly crystallized the uncompromising brutality of war and became the most influential protest novel of the Vietnam era. With a poignant new foreword by Cindy Sheehan, Johnny Got His Gun--an undisputed classic of antiwar literatureis as timely as ever.

"Powerful. . . an eye-opener." --Michael Moore

"Mr. Trumbo sets this story down almost without pause or punctuation and with a fury amounting to eloquence."--The New York Times

"A book that can never be forgotten by anyone who reads it."--Saturday Review

Dalton Trumbo (December 9, 1905 – September 10, 1976) was among the most prolific and important literary figures of his time. One of the famous Hollywood Ten, he refused to testify about his alleged communist affiliations before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947. Blacklisted from the film industry and charged with contempt of Congress, he served an eleven-month prison sentence.Johnny Got His Gun, the most highly acclaimed work of Trumbo's extraordinary career, won a National Book award (then known as an American Book Sellers Award) in 1939. The idea for the novel came to Trumbo after he learned of a British soldier who was seriously injured during World War I.

Publisher: New York : Citadel Press, c2007
ISBN: 9780806528472
Branch Call Number: FIC T
Characteristics: xxxi, 254 p. ; 21 cm.


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Dec 19, 2014
  • ElijahMorgan rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

One of the most depressing and beautiful books I have ever read. The writing in this book can be hard to follow at first, and the sudden changes of times in it can be jarring, but it really helps to immerse you in the mind of the main character. You won't want to read this book more than once after you finish it, as there is a true feeling of lost hope from beginning to end. I cried at multiple points reading this, but never wanted to put it down. A real masterpiece.

Feb 06, 2013
  • book_nerdd rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book. It was terrifying and gruesome and I probably will never read it again, but it was amazing. It's pretty hard to follow at first and the point of view changes without warning, but you get used to it. Also, it's pretty dang rare to find a comma in this book, but after a while you find it really shows how a person's train of thought goes along (you get used to it, too).

Jun 29, 2012
  • arrowking rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A little classic. Print version of the ballad "Johnny I hardly knew ye``

Feb 10, 2012

I read this book in high school and I still recall it vividly to this day. One of the best anti-war books I've ever read. Excellent.

Jan 06, 2011
  • frethead rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Metallica wrote "One" after watching the movie version of this book; the book is far superior to the movie and I agree that it one of the most moving and disturbing things I've ever read. There is an audio version of this story in the library-to-go which is very well done and absolutely captivating!

This should be mandatory reading for all members of the human race.

Dec 19, 2010
  • daymakerdave rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Metallica wrote their contraversial song "One" based on this book. The song and the book are awesome! A deep pshycholigical nightmare unfolds in the mind of a young soldier who looses his arms, legs, sight and speech in the war and "awakes" in a hospital where he is almost totally isolated from the world.

One of the most moving and disturbing books I've ever read.


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