The Naked and the Dead is a novel by Norman Mailer. This novel was Mailer's first best seller, published when he was 25 years old; it was the first popular novel about World War II. In the Modern Library ranked The Naked and the Dead 51st on its list of the best English-language novels of the 20th century. The story takes place on Anopopei, a fictional island somewhere in the South Pacific.
Based on Mailer's own experience of military service in the Philippines during World War Two, The Naked and the Dead' is a graphically truthful and shattering portrayal of ordinary men in battle.
Hailed as one of the finest novels to come out of the Second World War, The Naked and the Dead received unprecedented critical acclaim upon its publication and has since enjoyed a long and well-deserved tenure in the American canon. This fiftieth anniversary edition features a new introduction created especially for the occasion by Norman Mailer. Written in gritty, journalistic detail, the story follows a platoon of Marines who are stationed on the Japanese-held island of Anopopei.
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