The Red Badge of Courage

In this classic novel from Stephen Crane, young Henry Fleming is excited to join the Union Army and fight in the U.S. Civil War. Henry soon learns, however, that war is not always the heroic struggle he imagined it would be. After fleeing from battle and watching a close friend die, Henry is forced to reconsider his ideas about war and himself in order to find a way to face his fears and do his duty.

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