Storm of Steel

Ernst Jünger Michael Hofmann Karl Marlantes Neil Gower

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Storm of Steel

Storm of Steel One of the great war memoirs published here in a stunning Deluxe Edition for the centenary of World War I and the Battle of the Somme and featuring a foreword by the New York Times bestselling author

  • Title: Storm of Steel
  • Author: Ernst Jünger Michael Hofmann Karl Marlantes Neil Gower
  • ISBN: 9780143108252
  • Page: 179
  • Format: Paperback
  • One of the great war memoirs, published here in a stunning Deluxe Edition for the centenary of World War I and the Battle of the Somme and featuring a foreword by the New York Times bestselling author of MatterhornA worldwide bestseller published shortly after the end of World War I, Storm of Steel is a memoir of astonishing power, savagery, and ashen lyricism It illumiOne of the great war memoirs, published here in a stunning Deluxe Edition for the centenary of World War I and the Battle of the Somme and featuring a foreword by the New York Times bestselling author of MatterhornA worldwide bestseller published shortly after the end of World War I, Storm of Steel is a memoir of astonishing power, savagery, and ashen lyricism It illuminates not only the horrors but also the fascination of total war, as seen through the eyes of an ordinary German soldier.Young, tough, patriotic, but also disturbingly self aware, Ernst J nger exulted in the Great War, which he saw not just as a great national conflict but also importantly as a unique personal struggle Leading raiding parties, defending trenches against murderous British incursions, simply enduring as shells tore his comrades apart, J nger keeps testing himself, braced for the death that will mark his failure His account is ripe for rediscovery upon the centennial of the Battle of the Somme a major set piece in Storm of Steel and a bracing read for fans of Redeployment and American Sniper.

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    1. William1 on said:

      I have often lamented the lack of German World War I perspectives. Erich Maria Remarque aside, I usually read works by British and French scholars, memoirists, diarists, and novelists. Fortunately here is a fine memoir translated from the German by the esteemed Michael Hofmann. I like its very flat spare prose. Everything is simply allowed to stand for itself: bravery, death, corpses, blood, shrapnel, friendship, dreams. Plainly declarative, there is no unnecessary coloration, no prolixity, no s [...]

    2. Laura on said:

      Ernst Jünger is an insurance actuary’s worst nightmare — he smoked, drank, experimented with drugs, served in two world wars, sustained multiple injuries, and yet died only one month shy of 103. And his exploits on the front! You couldn’t make this stuff up. I confess to not knowing many Germans, but the national stereotypes (organized, efficient, not a lot of laughs) were more than born out in his memoir.One of the things that struck me the most about the book was how different it was fr [...]

    3. Eric on said:

      Expecting a Marinetti-like vociferation, an avant-garde hymn to mechanical war, I initially found Jünger’s narrative a little flat. In The Great War and Modern Memory Paul Fussell makes Jünger sound entertainingly gauche, a gas-goggled steampunk berserker with a will-to-power prose style. I was bored by the 100 pages preceding “chapter” 7, “Guillemont,” whose evocation of the Battle of the Somme finally hooked me:A runner from a Württemberg regiment reported to me to guide my platoo [...]

    4. Miriam on said:

      This is probably the cheeriest war memoir ever. While Jünger occasionally remembers to throw in the the requisite "oh the horrors of war" comment, most of the time it is clear he is having a blast. Based on his other hobbies (travel, hunting, joining the French Foreign Legion, dangerous political conversation, taking all available drugs) he seems to have quite the adrenaline junkie. Kind of amazing that he lived to over a hundred. Appearances can be deceiving: this man is totally stealing your [...]

    5. Warwick on said:

      An oddly jaunty memoir of the Western Front, characterised by what Jünger describes somewhere as his ‘strange mood of melancholy exultation’. I am surprised so many people have found his prose ‘clean’, ‘sparse’, ‘unemotional’ – I thought the opposite, that it was rather over-literary in many places; not overwritten exactly, but with touches of a grand Romantic sensibility that I haven't found in English or French writers of the First World War:The white ball of a shrapnel shel [...]

    6. Roy Lotz on said:

      War means the destruction of the enemy without scruple and by any means. War is the harshest of all trades, and the masters of it can only entertain humane feelings so long as they do no harm.Ernst Jünger was a born soldier: neither risk-averse nor foolhardy, able to command the loyalty of others and to follow orders without question, able to fight without malice and kill without scruple. These are his captivating memoirs of his service in the First World War.The consensus of posterity regardin [...]

    7. Lee on said:

      I couldn't help associating this WWI memoir with what I've read recently, particularly Speedboat and Sleepless Nights, that wouldn't seem related at all on the surface but definitely shared a sense of fragmented cohesion, or cohesive fragmentation. This one and those two novels by late-'70s NYC intellectual women offer minimal to zero plot and characterization but excel thanks to unique voice, setting, and perception/vibe. Storms of Steel is just as fractured as "Speedboat," with just as many fl [...]

    8. Sebastien on said:

      Beautifully written. Junger has extraordinary gifts as a writer. The one thing that makes it harder to connect with his accounts was his cool detachment in his presentation of events and experiences. Beneath the surface is a bit of soft nationalism which is obnoxious but not completely blind or extreme, at least not as blind or extreme as one would expect from a French or German citizen/soldier who was constantly indoctrinated with this nationalistic state propaganda of the times. It really is p [...]

    9. Terence on said:

      Ernst Junger's memoir of his time on the Western Front (1914-1918) is a powerful glimpse at what it's like to be a soldier, made all the more powerful because it's unadorned with philosophical introspection or politics. The reader joins Junger as he joins his unit in Champagne and leaves him during his final convalescence in a Hanover hospital. In between, we vicariously experience the daily life of a German officer and his men - and "vicarious" is about as close as any rational person would wan [...]

    10. Ray on said:

      Unsettling memoire from a German officer who fought throughout the first world war. He took thirteen wounds and survived, having fought in many of the key battles on the western front. The book gives a sense of what the war was like, full of monotony, terror, comradeship and blood and guts.A touch vain glorious for my taste, and the author shows little sense of regret. Very matter of fact about death and destruction. I suspect that one becomes inured to death if one faces it every day.

    11. Bryan Alexander on said:

      This is an excellent and unusual World War I novel.* It's unusual in that most WWI fiction and memoires are anti-war, dark and furious at the appalling human waste.** Ernst Jünger, in contrast, had a grand time. Well, that's a bit flip. Storm of Steel is full of savagery, physical suffering, squalor, and an ultimate sense of frustration. But the narrator also exults in war. He delights in daredevil acts, charging the enemy, organizing his troops, and appreciating details of life in the rear. J [...]

    12. Nat on said:

      Jünger's account of the brutal fighting on the western front in WWI makes an enlightening contrast with Robert Graves's Goodbye to All That. Graves's account is comic and ironic, while Jünger's writing is almost completely dispassionate, even while describing his friends being torn to shreds by British artillery and sniper fire--an example of the so-called Neue Sachlichkeit applied to trench warfare. It's hard not to see the difference as an expression of a difference in national character bet [...]

    13. Vderevlean on said:

      Cea mai bună mărturie despre Primul Război Mondial citită până acum. Excelent, recomand!

    14. George (BuriedInBooks) on said:

      A journey of ups, downs and gore. The war years of Ernst Jünger are filled with gore, drama and bloodshed. Storm of steel really does not hold back when it comes to describing the gore and stark reality of The Great War.Ernst's story consists of rapid rises through the ranks of the Imperial German Army. And the many difficult decisions that follow that cost the life's and save life's of his fellow soldiers.Ernst's journey takes him through the most awful battles of the Great War, The Somme, Pas [...]

    15. Laura on said:

      Free download in German available at Project Gutenberg.The train stopped at Bazancourt, a small town in Champagne, and we got out. Full of awe and incredibility, we listening to the slow grinding pulse of the front , a rhythm we were to become mighty familiar with over the years.

    16. Bettie☯ on said:

      Read By: Charlton Griffon Copyright: 2010 Audiobook Copyright: 2010 Genre: HistoryFile Information================ Number of MP3s: 16 Total Duration: 9:42:40Blurb: This classic war memoir, first published in 1920, is based on the author's extensive diaries describing hard combat experienced on the Western Front during World War I. It has been greatly admired by people as diverse as Bertolt Brecht and Andre Gide, and from every part of the political spectrum.Hypnotic, thrilling, and magnificent, [...]

    17. Elizabeth (Alaska) on said:

      This is an account of one German soldier's experience in World War I. He was wounded at least 11 times, patched up and sent back to the front. Not very interesting, eh? Junger was an extraordinary observer who kept a diary from the first day of the war to its conclusion. His was the first such soldier's account to be published after the war. From that diary he gave us enormous insight. The prose is so much better than one might expect - even his occasional quoting of that diary.The stream poured [...]

    18. Benjamin on said:

      "Disturbingly self-aware." Killing did not trouble Junger too much - his ability to move through absolute carnage on an industrial scale cannot but fascinate. The first World War was the charnel house of charnel houses, a maw consuming men and nations whose aftershocks reverberate today not only in Berlin but even in Baghdad. Junger stands in vivid contrast to the ranks of writers who rejected the war and everything it stood for; he found it a positive experience and did not agonize over his exp [...]

    19. Jim on said:

      This was fantastic. Ernst Junger was in WWI on the German side. His deadpan, factual account of what the war was like for him is riveting & horrific. He describes what trench warfare was like, the victories, defeats & deaths. He also describes the boredom, the terror & the conditions. Often times horrible conditions are described more by the thin assets of the situation, such as getting a pair of good, woolen socks from a captured bunker or being lucky enough to only pick up some shr [...]

    20. Nancy on said:

      Forget Remarque; this is the most important German account of the Great War that I've read. It's scary stuff; Jünger's clinical detachment in regard to the carnage in service of the cult of the warrior shows in itself why it wasn't the war to end all wars. In terms of his international acclaim, his time table of December 1914 to summer 1918 which allowed him to ignore issues of "frighfulness" at the beginning and the "stab in the back" at the end I suspect is the only thing that made this story [...]

    21. E on said:

      Being generally anti-war as well as knowing - as anyone does - in which direction post-WWI Germany ultimately turned, this book was chilling for me to read. It is now used as an example of post-WWI militarism in Germany in direct opposition to the anti-war movement epitomized in "All Quiet On The Western Front" by Remarque and "War Against War" by Friedrich. So this book is indeed interesting and important to read, thus I gave it 2 stars, but I can't say I enjoyed the macho aggressive propaganda [...]

    22. Ken on said:

      STORM OF STEEL offers WWI from a German soldier's point of view, but Erich Maria Remarque it ain't. All told, author Ernst Junger was shot multiple times, yet would live not only to write this book (and many others) but to celebrate his 103rd birthday (attended by an unusually patient Grim Reaper-in-Waiting). In the penultimate page of this book, he writes: "Leaving out trifles such as ricochets and grazes, I was hit at least fourteen times, these being five bullets, two shell splinters, one shr [...]

    23. Nigeyb on said:

      Ernst Jünger's account of his years fighting as a German soldier on the Western Front during World War One is one of the most graphic I have ever read in terms of descriptions of injuries and violence. That said, much of a soldier's life is routine and boring, and Jünger covers this aspect too.I was surprised by Jünger's matter-of-factness. Although the book is all written in the first person it all feels at one remove. Jünger is a consummate professional, accepting everything that comes his [...]

    24. Sylvia on said:

      An interesting book, at points intense, dull, moving, surprising, bloody, and repetitive. I am glad I read it, not particularly for any information it bestowed upon me about the war (there's not much), but more for giving me the flavor of what WWI was like from a first-person perspective. Particularly, the first-person perspective of a person who DIDN'T feel like it was the war to end all wars: in fact, he expresses chagrin at the very idea that war would end, because he considers it an essentia [...]

    25. Brian on said:

      Ernst Junger's account as a lieutenant in the German Imperial Army is as mind-blowing for its depictions of almost daily death as it is for its lack of moralizing and sentimentality. Even more amazing is the picture he paints of the innocent victims of war almost as backdrops to the overwhelming historical events unfolding. The detail of troop movements is amazing and I found myself reading with one hand and "Google-Mapping" with the other hand to see just where all this carnage had taken place. [...]

    26. Gearóid on said:

      Wow.a very intense description of Ernst's experience fighting in the trenches of World War One.Really incredible and terrifying.Also incredible how brave the men were and i found really strange thegentlemanly attitude of sportmanship and fair play a lot of the time.Almost every page had descriptions of people getting blown to bits byhugh artillery rounds and horrendous descriptions of gas attacks and the conditions in the trenches.It seems to me the generals did not care for one individual life [...]

    27. Nostromo on said:

      “Thank God you can only die once.” This is a five-star war memoir equal to Eugene Sledge’s ‘With the Old Breed’, Robert Grave’s ‘Goodbye to All That’, Guy Sajer’s ‘The Forgotten Soldier’, and personal memoirs of Generals Grant and Sherman. ‘Storm of Steel’ merits inclusion into the Pantheon of these great warrior memoirs that so ably captured the very essence – the horror - of combat!Ernst Junger’s ‘Storm of Steel’ is about a German soldier enduing four years of [...]

    28. Eric_W on said:

      I think Junger is reflecting a lot of the duality or conflict that many soldiers in combat feel; an intense feeling of camaraderie and living on the edge that brings reality into sharper focus. Yet on page 260 (Penguin edition) he says: "I felt I had got tired, and used to the aspect of war, but it was from this familiarity that I observed what was in front of me in a new and subdued light. Things were less dazzlingly distinct. And I felt that the purpose with which I had gone out to fight had b [...]

    29. Mike (the Paladin) on said:

      A book I recommend but with a caveatI'd say be prepared for a memoir of day to day war. This is an interesting book. If you read the introduction (and I recommend you do) you'll find some insight and some commentary. By the way. There are multiple editions of this book it has been released many times. The edition I read went with the author's words and Michael Hoffman translates and does an introduction. Mr. Hoffman notes (among other things) that at times Junger uses the wrong word in the text. [...]

    30. Martin on said:

      'The state, which relieves us of our responsibility, cannot take away our remorse; and we must exercise it. Sorrow, regret, pursued me deep into my dreams.' (p.241)Gripping memoir of writer Ernst Jünger's experience of combat in the German front line during World War I. At times confusing & claustrophobic, probably on purpose (for example during raids in British trenches), the events and sights described in this book can only make us begin to understand what these soldiers went through. The [...]

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