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Messengers of the Lost Battalion

Orfalea, Gregory

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ISBN 10: 0684871092 / ISBN 13: 9780684871097
Published by Simon & Schuster, 1997
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Stated first soft cover edition and printing. Book is clean and solid, corners a little soft, no cracks to the spine.lack dash on text bottom indicates it was a remainder, but there is an extensive inscription to PO written and signed by the author on the FFEP. No other writing or marginalia present. Bookseller Inventory # 002871

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Title: Messengers of the Lost Battalion

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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Following his father's tragic death, American poet and historian Gregory Orfalea journeyed to France to attend the first reunion of his father's World War II infantry battalion, the ill-fated 551st. What he found was a compelling and unsolved mystery: why was the 551st sent to its destruction in a futile assault on Rochelinval during the Battle of the Bulge, and why has this heroic unit's memory been all but erased from military history? Orfalea explores this mystery, and the result goes beyond recovering a crucial chapter in the annals of World War II. Through its characters, narration of dramatic and deadly action, and reconstruction of the period and its mores, this work seeks to recover a deeper moral and cultural reality - the lost legacy of that generation's understanding of manhood and heroism.

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Gregory Orfalea was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and educated at Georgetown University and the University of Alaska. He has held teaching positions at Georgetown, The Claremont Colleges, and at Westmont College. Orfalea is the author and editor of eight books, the most recent of which are the short story collection The Man Who Guarded the Bomb and Angeleno Days, which won the 2010 Arab American Book Award and has been named a Finalist for the PEN USA Award in Creative Nonfiction.

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