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The Armies of the Night

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The Armies of the Night by Norman Mailer
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    Jan 01, 1995 | 304 Pages

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“Some time in 1969 in Paris, I first read Armies of the Night, Norman Mailer’s account of the anti-Vietnam war march on the Pentagon… It was mesmerising, and to re-read it today is to experience an additional punch: the one that verifies that history repeats itself as (malignant) farce. Page after page you have the impression that he is commenting not on Lyndon Johnson’s shameful war, but George Bush’s corporate-powered skulking towards another self-serving war… supports the theory—more resonant now than then—that perhaps the most ruthless and prolonged jihad in history has been that of the American fundamentalist Christians, which began towards the end of the second world war.”—Peter Lennon, The Guardian
“Just as brilliant a personal testimony as Whitman’s diary of the Civil War, Specimen Days, and Whitman’s great essay on the crisis of the Republic during the Gilded Age, Democratic Vistas. I believe that it is a work of personal and political reportage that brings to the inner and developing crisis of the United States at this moment admirable sensibilities, candid intelligence, the most moving concern for America itself. Mailer’s intuition in this book is that the times demand a new form. He has found it.”—Alfred Kazin, New York Times
“Mailer’s feints and bell-donging around his fellow ‘Notables’ is a late night popcorn joy, and there is much that is stylish and shrewd… this is an important and passionate pilgrimage.”—Kirkus


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