Catch-22 Author:Joseph Heller Catch-22 is the superb story of a handful of the wildest flyboys of World War II, their tight little Mediterranean island, their loose Italian women. It is a novel of war and peace, love and lust, of beauty and the beast within all men. It is also a scathing satire of the insanity of war and nen whose only escape from madness was to embrace it.
Heller's classic novel of the brutal insanity of war and of the iconoclastic Yossarian, who wants only to go home, clearly shows itself to be the spiritual parent of M*A*S*H. In both, the only way to remain sane is to be even crazier than the people around you. Heller's aim is unerring as he punctures overinflated military egos and exposes a system designed as much to destroy its own soldiers as those of the enemy. Frightening, funny, delightful, and gruesome by turn, it really is must-reading.