Paul Baumer enlisted with his classmates in the German army of World War I. Youthful, enthusiastic they become soldiers. But despite what they have learned they break into pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches. As the horrible war plods on year after year, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the principles of hate that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against each other–if only he can come out of the war alive.
About the Author
Erich Maria Remarque wrote the most popular anti-war novel of all time, All Quiet on the Western Front, in 1929, a realistic account of trench warfare during World War I. Born in Osnabrâck, Westphalia, Germany, in 1898, Remarque emigrated to the United States in 1939. He is also the author of The Road Back, Three Comrades, Arch of Triumph, The Spark of Life, Heaven Has No Favorites, The Night in Lisbon, Shadows in Paradise and A Time to Love and a Time to Die. He died in 1970.