Informed by his own experiences as an American infantryman in Europe during World War II, the author of the National Book Award–winning The Great War and Modern Memory provides a narrative of what the war was actually like from the point of view of the young men who fought it. While dealing with issues of strategy, leadership, and tactics, Paul Fussell also addresses the errors, waste, fear, and resentments that plagued both sides, underscoring the difficulties that Allied soldiers surmounted to win the war.
"No one writes about war with greater authenticity and eloquence than Paul Fussell. The Boys’ Crusade is an extraordinarily powerful account that is at once poignant and searing."—Rick Atkinson