The Naked and the Dead Author:Norman Mailer Synopsis — Told in four parts, the book describes the American takeover from Japan of an island in the South Pacific during World War II. Many military details, combined with intermittent narrative about the characters, offer a microcosm of United States political and social history. These various characters must work together in order for their ... more »mission to succeed. The novel explores social cohesion, the military mind, class conflicts, and political ideology.
Hailed as one of the finest novels to come out of the Second World War,
The Naked and the Dead received unprecedented critical acclaim upon its publication and has since enjoyed a long and well-deserved tenure in the American canon. This fiftieth anniversary edition features a new introduction created especially for the occasion by Norman Mailer.
Written in fascinating detail, the story follows a platoon of foot soldiers who are fighting for the possession of the Japanese-held island of Anopopei. Composed in 1948 with the wisdom of a man twice Mailer's age and the raw courage of the young man he was, The Naked and the Dead is representative of the best in twentieth-century American writing.