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Written in gritty, journalistic detail, the story follows an army platoon of foot soldiers who are fighting for the possession of the Japanese-held island of Anopopei. Written in 1948, The Naked and the Dead is representative of the best in twentieth-century American writing. In 1998 the Modern Library ranked The Naked and the Dead 51st on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. It was adapted into a film of the same name by Warner Bros. in 1958. Directed by Raoul Walsh and filmed in Panama.