Was James Jones commissioned? That was not my impression. Also, why not mention The Thin Red Line?
Who is Paul Johnson?
"Paul Johnson was Editor of the New Statesman from 1965-1970. His many works of history include The Birth of the Modern: World Society 1815-1830 as well as the trilogy Intellectuals, Creators and Heroes. His biography of Socrates will be published by Viking in November." http://www.standpointmag.co.uk/writers/?showid=Paul%20JohnsonSee also:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Johnson_%28writer%29
Thank you. Mr. Lull. Obviously Paul Johnson is an accomplished man but I suspect he is lacking a deep knowledge of American literature.