The Crash of Ruin

American Combat Soldiers in Europe during World War II
Author(s): 
Schrijvers, Peter
ISBN: 
0333695909
Date published: 
November 1997
Hardback
Price: 
£47.50
Pages: 
340

This book offers a compelling account of how America's combat soldiers experienced Europe during World War II. It paints a vivid picture of the GIs' struggles with its natural surroundings, their confrontations with its soldiers, their encounters with its civilians, and their reactions to uncovering the holocaust. The book shows how these harrowing experiences convinced the American soldiers that Europe's collapse was not just the result of the war, but also of the Old World's deep-seated political cynicism, economic stagnation, and cultural decadence.