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'I'll never understand the fucking Army.'
Prew won't conform. He could have been the best boxer and the best bugler in his division, but he chooses the life of a straight soldier in Hawaii under the fierce tutelage of Sergeant Milt Warden. When he refuses to box for his company, he is given 'The Treatment', a relentless campaign of physical and mental abuse. Meanwhile, Warden wages his own campaign against authority by seducing the Captain's wife Karen - just because he can. Both men are bound to the Army, even though it may destroy them.
Published here in its uncensored original version, From Here to Eternity is a raw, electrifying account of soldiers in the months leading up to Pearl Harbor - of men who are trained to fight the enemy, but cannot resist fighting each other.
Winner of the National Book Award
'A blockbuster of a book . . . raw and brutal and angry.' The New York Times
'It seemed to me . . . that James Jones had known a great simple truth: the Army was nothing more or less than life itself.' Joan Didion