I would have to agree, but then again, opinions are like books, everyone has them. The Red Badge of Courage was o.k. The writing style was very good, it definitely kept me reading. For being an anti-war book, it didn't come off that way. The highlighting of the stupid jingoism that causes young men to enlist and the ensuing reality check that war is truly hell was perhaps the high point of the book. If it was about a greater message, it failed miserably IMHO.