Includes an introduction by the author. John Dos Passos, driven by the idealism that affected many young Americans at the time, joined up as a driver for the Ambulance Corps when America entered World War I. His disillusionment was immediate and profound, and forms the basis of this anti-war novel, a commentary on the exploitation of a nation's youth. The three central characters are Andrews, a young composer; Chrisfield, an Indiana farm boy; and Fuselli, an Italian American store clerk. Each one, in different ways, is scarred by the dehumanizing effects of war. Decorated endpapers.