The Naked and the Dead (1948). Norman Mailer (1923-2007). New York: Rinehart & Company. Octavo, original black cloth, original dust jacket. First edition.
One of the classic novels of World War II. It was based on Mailer’s experiences with the 112th Cavalry Regiment during the Philippines Campaign (1944–45) in World War II.
“Nobody could sleep. When morning came, assault craft would be lowered and a first wave of troops would ride through the surf and charge ashore on the beach… All over the ship, all through the convoy, there was a knowledge that in a few hours some of them were going to be dead.” — Mailer, The Naked and the Dead, opening lines.