Christopher Hitchens

The Craggy, Gruff Guy

The Good War: An Oral History of World War Two

By Studs Terkel

Hamish Hamilton 624pp £12.95 order from our bookshop

Radicalism in America may be in retreat, but populism is never quite out of style. There is always some percentage in a celebration of the working stiff, the honest guy, the salt of the earth. At the moment, there is a raft of books about the qualities of the ‘grunt’ – the GI Joe who bore the heat and burden of the day in Vietnam. Every one of these books seems to have been made into a film.

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