This fiftieth- anniversary edition commemorates Joseph Heller’s masterpiece with a new preface; critical essays and reviews by Norman Mailer, Alfred Kazin, Anthony Burgess, and others; rare papers and prints; and much further. Nominated as one of America’s best- loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read. Now a Hulu limited series starring Christopher Abbott, George Clooney, Kyle Chandler, and Hugh Laurie. Fifty times after its original publication, Catch- 22 remains a foundation of American literature and one of the strip — and most famed — books of all time. In recent times it has been named to “ stylish novels ” lists by Time, Newsweek, the Modern Library, and the London Observer. Set in Italy during World War II, this is the story of the inimitable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a idol who's furious because thousands of people he has noway met are trying to kill him. But his real problem isn't the adversary it is his own army, which keeps adding the number of operations the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to excuse himself from the dangerous operations he’s assigned, he ’ll be in violation of Catch- 22, a hilariously minatory regulatory rule a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat operations, but if he makes a formal request to be removed from duty, he's proven stable and thus ineligible to be relieved. This fiftieth- anniversary edition commemorates Joseph Heller’s masterpiece with a new preface by Christopher Buckley; a wealth of critical essays and reviews by Norman Mailer, Alfred Kazin, Anthony Burgess, and others; rare papers and prints from Joseph Heller’s particular library; and much further. Then, at last, is the definitive edition of a classic of world literature.