The Story Behind ‘Catch 22’ Was About Far More Than The Insanity Of War


Outlook /BBC (6/25/19)

Joseph Heller’s funny, tragic satirical anti-war novel was published in 1961 and sold millions. For many it epitomised the growing anti-establishment mood of the 1960s. Heller had served in a bomber squadron during World War Two. Though his experiences provide the setting for the book, its target was actually the America of the 1950s. Using interviews with the author from the BBC archive, Alex Last tells the story behind Catch-22.

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Kurt Vonnegut’s ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ At 50

Morning Edition Saturday / NPR (7/6/19)

Fifty years ago Kurt Vonnegut published his anti-war novel Slaughterhouse-Five. NPR’s Renee Montagne revisits an earlier conversation she had with the author about the book.

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