Few American novels are genuine classics, with a permanent place in our literature. This is one of them. First published in 1939, the story of an average American youth who
"survives"World War I armless, legless and facelesswith his mind intactwas an immediate bestseller. Its anti-war message had a profound effect on Americans during the Vietnam era, and is now being reissued.
Shelfari edited the description of Johnny Got His Gun Friday, July 31, 2009.