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Dr. Frank J. Irgang is a retired professor of industrial studies who taught at San Diego State University for twenty-six years and served as department chairman. He resides in San Diego.
"This brutally honest memoir by a young infantrymen who landed on
Normandy Beach on D-Day and fought his way across Europe is perhaps
the finest work to come out of World War II. Etched in
Purple pulls no punches and is written with a poetic intensity
that is lacking in most war novels. Stunning and vivid, it is
destined to be a classic in war literature."--Rob Morris, author of
Untold Valor: Forgotten Stories of American Bomber Crews over
Europe in World War II--Rob Morris
"One of the most brutal war books published. . . . Frank J. Irgang . . . has succeeded in doing what at least one million others who served with the infantry during the war wished they could have accomplished. He has told the story of the war simply and plainly as it is seen through the eyes of a combat infantryman. . . . Never once does the author let reader attention slip."--Los Angeles Times--Los Angeles Times
"Any collection strong in World War II memoir needs Etched in Purple: One Soldier's War in Europe...It's a candid, sometimes brutal survey of first-hand experience and is a rediscovered classic and is a 'must' for any serious military library."--Midwest Book Review--Midwest Book Review (08/21/2008)
"A taste of the brutal truth."--Cincinnati Inquirer--Cincinnati Inquirer
"Pulls no punches in painting the life of a combat infantryman."--Detroit Free Press--Detroit Free Press