The naked and the dead is a 1948 novel by norman mailer it was partly based on his experiences with the 112th cavalry regiment during the philippines campaign in world war ii it was adapted into a film of the same name in 1958. Directed by raoul walsh with aldo ray cliff robertson raymond massey lili st cyr set during the pacific war against the japanese this ww2 drama discerns between achieving ones mission at any cost versus preserving the lives under ones command and enforcing discipline through fear as opposed to mutual respect. The naked and the dead is a 1958 technicolor widescreen film based on norman mailers world war ii novel the naked and the dead directed by raoul walsh and filmed in panama the screenplay attributed to the sanders brothers adds a strip tease and action scenes to mailers original narrative. The naked and the dead is norman mailers best novel and it is the best american book about war the naked and the dead is a merciless and extremely graphic novel but what the hell war knows no shame and no pity. The naked and the dead 50th anniversary edition norman mailer on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers hailed as one of the finest novels to come out of the second world war the naked and the dead received unprecedented critical acclaim upon its publication and has since become part of the american canon this fiftieth anniversary edition features a new introduction created
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