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Book Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo | Kansas City Public Library

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Before going any further, I must confess that Dalton Trumbo is one of my heroes. Among them was Dalton Trumbo, easily the biggest name and arguably the greatest talent among the ten.

Before Trumbo appeared before the committee and invoked his constitutional right against self-incrimination and protested the bullying technique of the committee, he had been a successful screenwriter in Hollywood, though his greatest screenplays would come later. Inhe published one of the most famous anti-war novels ever written, Johnny Got His Gun.

Johnny Got His Gun

The book was also hugely popular when first published. Trumbo won the National Book Award for Most Original Book for the novel, and the anti-war sentiment resonated with the American public, many of whom still looked on the United States in idyllic ways, cut off from the troubles of Europe in the s.


Isolationism was very popular on Main Street. In the late 30s, the memory of the Great War was still fresh, and both left and right had reasons to push for the United States staying out of any war in Europe.

The non-aggression pact signed by Germany and the Soviet Union in intensified this desire on the far left, while the far right was always in favor of staying out of the war against Hitler.

And yet, by the time the United States entered WWII in Decemberand the available copies of the book were few, Trumbo agreed with his publisher that it was in the best interests of all concerned to keep from tun the book until hostilities were concluded.

He even reported these letters to the FBI, but found that Hoover and company were much more interested in his leftist activities than in those of the right-wing groups. Trumbo notes in his preface to the post-war edition of the book that it probably served him right for reporting on fellow trimbo.

Ron Kovic, a Vietnam vet and an opponent of the Vietnam War, whose life story was told in Born dqlton the Fourth of Julykept a copy of this book with him at all times, and read it many times. In a sense, he took it to heart that he could do what Joe Bonham in the novel could not do — johmny his own war experience and the injuries sustained in the war to speak out passionately against that war and war itself.


The message of the book is mixed. Celebrating the little guys like Joe Bonham, the book is brutally frank on how little power the little guys of the world have in the capitalistic system that often uses up its human resources for the material gain of the few—the novel was serialized in The Daily Worker —but the novel also serves as a clarion call to ALL citizens to stand up and speak out, a call many like Kovic and Sheehan have heeded.

Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo

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