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The Big Red One

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Describing Sam Fuller as a cult legend and a celluloid genius would be like describing Muhammad Ali as a boxer or Jimi Hendrix as a guitar player. He was a singular American visionary, a giant of independent filmmaking, and a king of bruised-knuckle cinematic poetry. The Big Red One is his masterpiece. Twenty years in the making, both the novel and the film are based on Fuller's own experiences with the Army's First Infantry Division ("the Big Red One") in World War II. The story centers on the friendship of five soldiers and follows them from the arid landscapes of Vichy French Africa to Europe to the beaches of Normandy on D-Day and onward into Germany. Excruciating scenes of suffering and brutality are juxtaposed against heartbreaking scenes of compassion and selflessness. In Fuller's vision the lines between heroism and villainy are blurred - "the only glory in war is surviving" - but The Big Red One also provides an epic adventure steeped in the true history of World War II.


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Paperback Editions

August 2005 : USA Paperback

Title: The Big Red One
Author(s): Perseus
ISBN: 1-56025-743-1 / 978-1-56025-743-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Carroll & Graf
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October 1980 : UK Paperback

Title: Big Red One
Author(s): Samuel Fuller
ISBN: 0-552-11548-7 / 978-0-552-11548-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corgi Childrens
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1980 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: The Big Red One: The Magnificent Saga of World War II's Incredible First Infantry Division
Author(s): Samuel Fuller
ISBN: 0-553-12705-5 / 978-0-553-12705-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam
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