Vessel of Sadness
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Vessel of Sadness

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This is the story of those who fought and died in 1944 at Anzio. Their task was to seize the Alban Hills and then Rome, but instead, for more than four months, they sank into the mud of the Anzio plain and fought for their lives. There are no heroes, no victories. Even national differences merge and are forgotten in this larger story of humanity.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Little, Brown Book Group (first published 1969)
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Adam
War is by its very nature divisive, lending heavily to the divisions that exist within literature concerning it. Whether the purpose be reminiscence or criticism, very often authors (and those who read their works) find themselves moving their view of war into two camps: those that are for certain wars, or those that are against them. Those who back one "side", and those who back the other. Those who deem this action necessary, and those who deem that same action despicable. Almost inherently, t...more
Tim Corke
A humbling historical account of the landings at Anzio, Italy in 1943 that forced a second front to be created in Europe prior to D-Day the following Spring.

Woodruff's personal account written following the war is human story of the highest calibre filled with the anxieties, cockiness and eventual despair of the armed forces, both Allied and Axis, on war. A strategic invasion with the backing of Churchill and a resilient and coordinated defence belies the numbness of sustained warfare, sleep de...more
Martin Kirby
In a commercial, profit-obsessed, morally derailed materialistic world preoccupied, it seems, in numbing children's minds and senses with so-called games about war - how/who/why is it ok to launch Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 2 during Armistice week? - Woodruff's words should be read aloud in school assemblies.
This is the most vivid and masterful record of wretched war, laid out in absorbing prose that, unlike any video “game”, places you at the heart of the truth, the horror.
Mark
Of all the books I've read about war, this book stands with only two others: The End of It by Mitchell Goodman and The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer. Unflinching and unsentimental, it captures horribly and lyrically the devastation of war that can neither crush the human spirit and its capacity for nobility nor blind it to beauty. This is the work of a soul at hard-won peace, having experienced and transcended the brutality of war.
Jan
I read this several years ago while traveling UK. Amazing story, amazing man. Wish I could have known him.
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Sách bìa cứng, to bản, có bìa rời đàng hoàng. Nhưng giá đầu tư cho phần dịch cũng như cái bìa thì đỡ quá...
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William Woodruff was born in 1916 into a family of Blackburn, Lancashire cotton workers. At 13 he left school and became a delivery boy in a grocer's shop. In 1933, with bleak prospects in the north of England, he decided to try his luck in London and migrated to the filth and squalor of the East End. Then in 1936 with the encouragement of a Jesuit priest and the aid of a London County Council Sch...more
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