The naked and the dead near opening line. Imagine if all that money were used to deal with issues like cancer, hunger, illiteracy Rinehart, First Edition. Customers who bought this item also bought. A stunning debut novel that ranks among the best American war novels ever written. For those looking for a linear plot with a hero steadily gaining wisdom that he will ultimately use to defeat the enemy in a dramatic climax, you will be disappointed. Also Known As: Cummings, having been surrounded by Army deaths the majority of his career, still never warms to the smell of rotting corpses. I was surprised in reading it recently to find how well it holds up. Subscription required help. A very solid copy of the 1st edition with the Rinehart circled 'R' at the copyright page.