The Red Badge of Courage Author:Stephen Crane Before the first battle, it's easy: all macho bragging, how many men you'll kill and how you'll win the war singlehanded. Easy -- — Until the bullets fly, the blood flows and the screaming starts; until you're swallowed by the madness, the terror, the roaring dragon of death.... — That's when you'll learn the truth... about war, and about yourse... more »lf. Will you fight? Freeze? Turn and run? charge the enemy in mindless rage? Will bravery be rewarded, or cowardice praised? Will you survive, or will a bullet teach you the secret to the blood-stained glory that is: The Red Badge of Courage.
"The Red Badge of Courage (1895) is an impressionistic novel by Stephen Crane about the meaning of courage, as it is discovered by Henry Fleming, a recruit in the American Civil War. It is one of the most influential American war stories ever written, even though the author was born after the war and had never seen battle himself. Crane met and spoke with a number of veterans as a student and he created what is widely regarded as an unusually realistic depiction of the character of a young man in battle." -- Wikipedia« less