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My Queer War


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James Lord's books include A Giacometti Portrait, first published in 1965, and Giacometti: A Biography (FSG, 1985), which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His most recent work is Mythic Giacometti (FSG, 2003). He died in 2009.


"My Queer War is magnificent . . . There has never been anything quite like it and it deserves to become a classic." --Larry Kramer"Here's proof that all wars could be a tiny bit less brutal with gay people serving in the military." --John Waters"It's an amazing testament to one individual's struggle with a barbarism mostly erased from triumphalist accounts of Nazi Germany's defeat . . . But what really stands out, what one suspects will be most enduring about this remarkable memoir, is the way in which Lord's outsider-ness gave him a particular perspective and a particular moral compass . . . About the prose: it's so extremely good that Lord has the confidence to flirt with making it bad, simply not to give a damn about verging on the purple . . . This is a work of supreme calculation, every comma fixed in place . . . In this estimation it is evidence of genius." --Lewis Gannett, The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide"The author writes with occasional archness, much irony and good humor . . . It is clear that he and other gay soldiers on the battlefield did as much as anyone to win the war . . . A timely, artfully written memoir of one man's war." --Kirkus Reviews"His unflinching, insolent honesty constantly got him into trouble with his superiors . . . But his cheekiness also gained him entry into the drawing rooms of Picasso and Gertrude Stein, setting the stage for a charmed life and fruitful writing career . . . The story is captivating . . . Recommended for fans of expatriate writers like Edmund White and Gore Vidal and for those seeking a corrective to the standard World War II memoir." --David Gibbs, Library Journal

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