About the Author

Born in 1922, the author was supposed to be the fourth in a line of Dr. Joseph Garlands-a healer, not a killer. But after failing organic chemistry, Joe took a leave from Harvard, swapping the expected medical career-and guaranteed military deferment-for a gun, a gas mask, and the storied U.S. Army 45th Infantry Division. The year was 1943; the destination, Italy, where Nazis held the high ground, eager for target practice on Americans.

Voted "most temperamental" in his Roxbury Latin School class of 1940, Garland kept his impetuous nature in check and his ideals in view when he chose journalism as a postwar career. Author of over 20 nonfiction books, Joe lives with his wife on the harbor shore of Gloucester, Massachusetts, America's oldest fishing port and their constant inspiration.

Learn more: Visit Joe Garland's personal website


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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

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