Quotation by Norman Mailer

A nation fights well in proportion to the amount of men and materials it has. And the other equation is that the individual soldier in that army is a more effective soldier the poorer his standard of living has been in the past.
Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. Gen. Edward Cummings, in The Naked and the Dead, pt. 1, ch. 6, Rinehart (1948).

in conversation with Lt. Robert Hearn.
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