Rights available for Unknown Soldiers: Reliving World War II in Europe, by Joseph E. Garland
From the Allied invasion of Sicily in 1943 to the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp, this collective memoir recounts the saga of a close-knit platoon of the American 45th Infantry Division. Drawing upon the author's wartime journal and detailed interviews with some 20 of his comrades years later, Unknown Soldiers lays bare the experiences of men who had been too traumatized to speak of the war, even to their families. Woven into the account are the recollections of a French Resistance fighter and a survivor of Dachau, as well as a remarkable love story.
After his war service, Garland graduated from Harvard University and went on to a successful career in journalism, writing for the Associated Press and various newspapers. He is the author of more than 20 nonfiction books, including Lone Voyager ( Allein übers Meer in the German edition, Le Solitaire du Large in the French), with total sales exceeding 100,000 copies.
Library Journal praises Unknown Soldiers in a starred review: “Highly engaging . . . an excellent narrative history . . . A must have for any World War II collection, especially those focusing on war memoirs.” U.S. Senator John Kerry calls the book “wonderfully insightful,” and Flint Whitlock, author of The Rock of Anzio , calls it an “amazing account . . . better, I would say, than the legendary Ernie Pyle. Unknown Soldiers is Joe Garland's masterpiece.”
Rights now available include:
Audio clips of Garland reading from the work and of his original interviews with comrades are available on this website.
Video of author and Dr. Jonathan Shay discussing the effects of PTSD on the creative process
Chapter 16: Dachau complete text and audio, with author and buddies' voices, now online
Chapter 6 complete text and audio, with author and buddies' voices
Chapter 5 complete text read by author, with buddies' voices
Page 160 selection from an unedited original interview with buddy