Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Armies of the Night: History as a Novel / The Novel as History
Norman Mailer


October 21, 1967, Washington, D.C. 20,000 to 200,000 protesters are marching to end the war in Vietnam, while helicopters hover overhead and federal marshals and soldiers with fixed bayonets await them on the Pentagon steps. Among the marchers is Norman Mailer.¬†From his own singular participation in the day’s events and his even more extraordinary perceptions comes a classic work that shatters the mould of traditional reportage. Intellectuals and hippies, clergymen and cops, poets and army MPs crowd the pages of a book in which facts are fused with techniques of fiction to create the nerve-end reality of experiential truth. The Armies of the Night uniquely and unforgettably captures the 1960s’ tidal wave of love and rage at its crest and a towering genius at his peak.

This book won a Pulitzer Prize.

Paperback, 304pp
Penguin Books, 2018 (1967)
ISBN 9780241340479