World without Heroes. First Edition in dustjacket, Signed by author

By: FIELDS, Arthur C.

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FIELDS, Arthur C. World without Heroes. New York, London, Toronto : Whittlesey House, McGraw-Hill Book Comoanv, Inc. , (1950). First Edition. Pp (10),3-271,(1). 8vo, blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine. Myron J. Smith, Jr., War Study Guide : An annotated b.ibliography of military fiction, no. 3133 :" A U.S. Army rifle squad takes part in mopping up last-ditch German resis tance in April 1945". "For sheer power and fury, few novels about war or peace could surpass Arthur Fields' World without Heroes. Fields' central character is war itself, his main concern is the effect of war on the minds of men. World without Heroes is the story of reverse evolution—man into beast.That man, Bruce Kingsley, is an ordinary American college boy who kills on orders— at first. "But each man," writes Fields, "carries the seeds of his own moral destruction." Shattered by German artillery, crazed with rage at the elusive Nazis who hit, run, and surrender, these ordinary American boy s unleash their frenzy on an empty town - burning, looting, destroying, andfinally, killing in cold blood. Fields offers more than a visual picture o f the battlefield. He probes the motives, the complex guiding principles ofmen at war—and he dares to ask the reason why. Why are there wars? Why do men fight? The time, early 1945; the place, the last miles before Berlin; the characters, a rifle squad. Bruce Kingsley, college boy, learns his lesson in how to kill—too well. Joe Slate, factory worker, prods and bullies thesquad to his own death. Christy Christopoulos, Greek medic, talks his way, obscenely and humorously, to terms with life because he knows it for what it is—a bad deal all around. Stiff, pompous Captain Walter McCormick thinksdiscipline more important than understanding and ultimately faces his own terrible failure as a leader of men. The vivid battle scenes describe the most vicious and harrowing phase of the war in Europe—the final desperate hit-and-run tactics of the Germans. Fields' passages of straight description are superb — a deserted German kitchen with dirty dishes still in the sink;a dainty water-color print hanging on the exposed wall of a building slice d in two by a bomb; a blasted town square the rainy morning after battle filling up with silent, shivering replacements sitting motionless in open trucks. Beneath the surface of chopped bodies, gutted towns, soldiers stooped against the rain, World without Heroes is a book of meanings. It is a fierce contemplation of the evil that lies inside every man and an earnest analysis of the moral why's and wherefore's of war. War is the main character otWorld without Heroes. Bruce, Christy, Slate—they re the actors, but War is their play. It bends them, it twists them, it forces them into deeds which they would have never believed possible. This is the story of World withou t Heroes, a stirring novel of importance by a new major talent." (from the dj). Arthur C. Fields (1925 -1974) was born in New York City, attended Harvard before the war, served as an assistant B.A.R. man (Browning Automatic Rifle) in an infantry squad with the American Army in Germany whwre he was wounded, which left him a paraplegic. After the war he worked in the publishing business until his death in 1974. Light wear to spine ends and corners,rubbed, minor waterstain to top edge, else very good in good only, edgewor n, torn, waterstained and chipped unclipped dustjacket. Signed and dated 5/4/50 by author on flyleaf. Scarce. 75.00

Title: World without Heroes. First Edition in dustjacket, Signed by author

Author Name: FIELDS, Arthur C.

Categories: 41,

Publisher: Whittlesey House, McGraw-Hill Book Comoanv, Inc. , New York, London, Toronto, 1950,:

Seller ID: 114716

Keywords: LITERATURE WAR FICTION UNITED STATES WORLD WAR II WW2 GERMANY,