• ISBN: 0945257996
  • ISBN13: 978-0945257998
  • Copyright 1999
  • 131 pp.
  • Price: $9.95

One Man's War

A Memoir of World War II

By Harold J. Gordon


A compelling affirmation of General Sherman's pronouncement that war is hell, this memoir gives a vivid picture of what it was like to be a foot soldier in the greatest conflict in human history. It describes the final stages of this conflict as it raged from the Normandy beachhead across France and Germany to the River Elbe in 1944 and 1945.

An important historical source, it captures in words the black humor, monotony, and mind-numbing horror of combat portrayed on films like Saving Private Ryan.

The book includes maps tracing the events described in the memoir, along with illustrations and a glossary of military terms to enhance its accessibility for today's readers. A valuable resource for students, teachers, and anyone else striving to understand better the tumultuous 20th century.

What People are Saying...

What Clausewitz described as 'the fog of war' disappears in most military accounts. In this one it definitely does not..... The vividness is there, in the prose, where it has to be in order to assist readers who cannot imagine without it.

Robert H. Ferrell, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, Indian University-Bloomington

Like the opening scenes in Saving Private Ryan, One Man's War transports the reader into infantry combat, with all its mind-numbing horror, written as it was by someone who was there. None of the books I have read can touch it for accuracy of detail and vividness of description.

Russell Hunter, Department of Psychology, Pepperdine University

Gordon writes in a lucid and lively prose, laced with humor and irony, about the harrowing experience of fighting across the hedgerowed fields of northern France. His gritty narrative of days and nights filled with fear, pain, and death forces us to confront the reality of war for the GI in the front line during World War II.

Marvin Swartz, Department of History, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

The common soldier's war from an uncommon observer.... A gripping account of citizen soldiers in combat that complements Saving Private Ryan.

Michael Barrett, Department of History, The Citadel, Charleston, SC