Doing Battle: The Making of a Skeptic (2020)

Doing Battle: The Making of a Skeptic Paul Fussell Doing Battle The Making of a Skeptic In this highly praised autobiographical work the author of The Great War and Modern Memory recounts his own experience of combat in World War II and how it became a determining force in his life Doin
  • Title: Doing Battle: The Making of a Skeptic
  • Author: Paul Fussell
  • ISBN: 9780316290616
  • Page: 486
  • Format: Paperback
Doing Battle: The Making of a Skeptic Paul Fussell In this highly praised autobiographical work, the author of The Great War and Modern Memory recounts his own experience of combat in World War II and how it became a determining force in his life Doing Battle is at once a summing up of one man s life and a profoundly thoughtful portrait of America s own search for identity in the second half of this century of photIn this highly praised autobiographical work, the author of The Great War and Modern Memory recounts his own experience of combat in World War II and how it became a determining force in his life Doing Battle is at once a summing up of one man s life and a profoundly thoughtful portrait of America s own search for identity in the second half of this century of photos.
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  1. Mosca

    Most people who have read Paul Fussell have read The Great War and Modern Memory and or Wartime Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War Both are superb analysesof modern mass war.And Paul Fussell is a combat veteran of World War II He has earned his right as an historical analyst.Doing Battle The Making of a Skeptic is Fussell s own memoir confession of his actual experience on the ground in the European Theater as an American Infantry Lieutenant It is also scattered throughout with h [...]

  2. Eric_W

    Fussell s preparation for war was limited ROTC was a wonderland of marching and snappy uniforms Nothing was mentioned of tree bursts and Graves Registration or trench foot, nor that first aid kits were adequate for bullet holes but hardly for a foot blown off by a Schumine They soon realized that they were being trained as lieutenants to replace dead ones In France, their first operation was to perform a night relief of another battalion Hopelessly lost, they were ordered to lie down and sleep A [...]

  3. Rick

    It s hard to buy Fussell as a skeptic, First skeptic is too open minded Fussell seems a cynic, a curmudgeon, a man of low tolerance for what displeases him, particularly the stupidities of others It s also hard to buy that he was made so by the war, not for any lack of capacity in war to transform an innocent, but because he seems quite cynical almost from the start In his own telling he is close to always fussy and something of a snob, the kind of snob who rejects the snobbery of others but do [...]

  4. Tim

    I read two memoirs while away from home this summer Fussell s and Dirda s and Percy s Lost in the Cosmos definitely has that interior feel, if its missing all the interior details Each are learned men, whose books I have enjoyed reading Each worked exceptionally hard to get where they have gotten I appreciated the balance of the two Fussell raised in privelege, driven to literature during WWII Dirda raised in a working class environment, driven to reading, in part as a means to escape the litera [...]

  5. Howard Cincotta

    In many ways, Paul Fussell lived a fortunate life He survived ground combat in World War II in Europe as that most endangered of species, a second lieutenant, although he was indeed seriously wounded He was raised in nearly idyllic circumstances in Pasadena, California After the war, he had an exemplary academic and literary career as the author of many well received books, notably The Great War and Modern Memory.But that s not how Fussell, who died in 2012, experienced his life He may have reco [...]

  6. Fred Putnam

    Paul Fussell s memoir really an autobiography beginning with his rather privileged childhood in Pasadena, CA, but focused on his experience as an infantryman in WW II, his experience of battle, and how that motivated much of his justly famous writing career The subtitle, The Making of a Skeptic is apt his rage at the injustice of war was not abstract, but rather a response to the dull headed stupidity of military life and the jingoism of politicians and the higher levels of command apart from Dw [...]

  7. Sam Dye

    John Thorup told me about him This is his autobiography and full of his battles of trying to be a good soldier, writer, english faculty and husband father For instance he took on the U of Penn administration when they took the student newspaper out of distribution for a day when their donors may have seen news they didn t want them to see The anti war part of the book is reminicient of Chris Hedges book so much so I wonder if it was not the model of that book even though it is not referenced Hed [...]

  8. Jake Jaqua

    This is Fussell s autiobiography The main reason I 5 stared this is because of the 65 pages or so describing his WWII experience pp 104 69 , which has to be some of the best personal experience war writing I looked up Fussell for a book because of his appearance and insightful comments in about a half dozen short interviews in Ken Burns The War series Fussell comes across as very human for being an academic most of his life, and after he retired to write full time a fearless critic Some of his c [...]

  9. Andy

    The 1st third his childhood up to early college years was generally boring and a waste of time, the second third war years was fantastic, the last third mostly college and his teaching writing career was kind of spotty Since he was an english proffesor for decades this was like a 300 page lecture and way, way too many poetry quotations for me If he had stuck to World War 2 for the whole book this would have been a classic And I did enjoy and share his disgust of college sports.

  10. Sam Reaves

    Fussell has done some of the best writing on the harsh realities of war, counteracting the haze of sentimentality which in some quarters has descended over the Second World War Subtitled The Making of a Skeptic , this is his autobiography, recounting his path from an idyllic childhood in Pasadena to the brutal wake up of infantry combat in Europe, and beyond to his career as an academic Fussell doesn t pull punches.

  11. David

    I have great regard for Paul Fussell His The Great War and Modern Memory was a wonderful piece of scholarship and the link to some great reading on WW One This book is totally different not scholarship but a very personal and revealing memoir of Fussell s life and then his service in WW Two Fussell s thesis is that the WW Two experience affected everything in his life and career A bonus Fussell cites some good books noted for future reading.

  12. Bob

    I wish I had read this back in 1996 although I doubt the words would have meant as much Maybe I will still be able to meet him one day I think I was trying to suggest to students the responsibility of the educated, and even those aspiring to be educated, for actively seeking out America s most loathsome faults and then an imperative obligation correcting them.

  13. Joel Chapman

    Fussell is a man of my own kind and this memoir hit home for me Delightfully and wittily irreverent.

  14. Espen

    Paul Fussell s autobiography mainly focusing on the effect the experience of being wounded in WWII had on his outlook on life and his attitude towards authorities of all kind.

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