Articles of War by Nick Arvin

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George Tilson is an eighteen-year-old farm boy from Iowa. Enlisted in the Army during World War II and arriving in Normandy just after D-day, he is nicknamed Heck for his reluctance to swear. From summers of farm labor Heck is already strong. He knows how to accept orders and how to work uncomplainingly. But in combat Heck witnesses a kind of brutality unlike anything he could have imagined. Fear consumes his every thought and Heck soon realizes a terrible thing about himself: He is a coward. Possessed of this dark knowledge, Heck is then faced with an impossible task.

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About Nick Arvin

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Nick Arvin is the author of the novel Articles of War, which was named one of the Best Books of Year by Esquire magazine. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, and elsewhere. He has received awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Library Association, as well as the Colorado Book Award, and fellowships from the Michener-Copernicus Society, the Isherwood Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he also holds degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and Stanford, and has worked in both automotive and forensic engineering. Arvin lives in Denver, Colorado.
Published February 14, 2006 by Anchor. 192 pages
Genres: History, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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He’s sent to a unit on harrowing wintertime forest duty, sees death, finds himself once again under heavy fire—and holds his arm up until a bullet pierces it, sending him rearward again.

Feb 15 2005 | Read Full Review of Articles of War

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In Nick Arvin's novel, a soldier measures himself in battle and comes up way short.

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In Arvin's haunting novel, an 18-year old Iowan named George Tilson - nicknamed Heck because he promised his now deceased mom he wouldn't swear - comes face to face with the horrors of war after being sent to Europe during World War II.

Apr 19 2005 | Read Full Review of Articles of War

Bookmarks Magazine

War is cruel in many ways, and Arvin has uncovered ones that make Articles of War a necessary addition to war literature and a book I won’t soon forget."

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