Paths of Glory by Humphrey Cobb
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The anti-war masterpiece that became an iconic motion picture-now with a foreword by the creator of the acclaimed HBO(tm) series The Wire

Familiar to many as the Stanley Kubrick film starring Kirk Douglas, Paths of Glory explores the perilous complications involved in what nations demand of their soldiers in wartime. Humphrey Cobb's protagonists are Frenchmen during the First World War whose nightmare in the trenches takes a new and terrible turn when they are ordered to assault a German position deemed all but invulnerable. When the attack fails, an inquiry into allegations of cowardice indicts a small handful of lower-ranked scapegoats whose trial exposes the farce of ordering ordinary men to risk their lives in an impossible cause. A chilling portrait of injustice, this novel offers insight into the tragedies of war in any age.


About Humphrey Cobb

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HUMPHREY COBB (1899–1944) was born in Italy and educated in England. A veteran of World War I, during which he served in the Canadian Army, he went on to a successful writing career.JAMES H. MEREDITH is a retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Colonel and a scholar of war and literature. He lives in Colorado.DAVID SIMON is the creator and executive producer of the critically acclaimed HBO™ television series The Wire. He lives in California.
Published June 29, 2010 by Penguin Classic. 228 pages
Genres: War, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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