Winner of the Pulitzer Prize Winner of the National Book Award
This classic of “new journalism” daringly combines reportage with a novelistic style.
Armies of the Night centers on the March on the Pentagon, the most famous anti-Vietnam War rally in Washington DC, and the characters that occupy this opposition—the intellectuals, students, African Americans, liberals, and marching women. Mailer, a novelist-as-character, sculpts this impressionably fragile world of the Left versus Authority and Peace versus War, prodding at the Vietnam generation’s deepest anxieties.
In the same way Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood introduced the “non-fiction novel,” Armies of the Night renders this form, with turns historical and fictional.
Born in 1923 in Long Branch, New Jersey, and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Norman Mailer was one of the most influential writers of the second half of the twentieth century and a leading public intellectual for nearly sixty years…. More about Norman Mailer
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Published by Plume Jan 01, 1995| 304 Pages| 5-5/16 x 8| ISBN 9780452272798
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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