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Ernie Pyle's war : America's eyewitness to World War II

Author: James Tobin
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st Free Press trade pbk. edView all editions and formats
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"When a machine-gun bullet ended the life of war correspondent Ernie Pyle in the final days of World War II, Americans mourned him in the same breath as they mourned Franklin Roosevelt. To millions, the loss of this American folk hero seemed nearly as great as the loss of the wartime president. If the hidden horrors and valor of combat persist at all in the public mind, it is because of those writers who watched it  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Ernie Pyle; Ernie Pyle
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James Tobin
ISBN: 9780684836423 0684836424 9780743284769 0743284763
OCLC Number: 70588835
Description: 319 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Prologue : "And so it is over" --
1. "I wanted to get out-" --
2. "A nice little column" --
3. "A slightly used secondhand man-" --
4. "In it to the hilt ..." --
5. "I'll just drift with the war-"--
6. "The number-one correspondent-" --
7. "The ghastly brotherhood-." --
8. "An awful knowledge-" --
9. "You alone are left alive-" --
10. "The Pyle phenomenon" --
11. "An end to this wandering" --
Epilogue : "What I See" --
Afterword : Then and now --
Appendix : An Ernie Pyle sampler.
Responsibility: James Tobin.
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"When a machine-gun bullet ended the life of war correspondent Ernie Pyle in the final days of World War II, Americans mourned him in the same breath as they mourned Franklin Roosevelt. To millions, the loss of this American folk hero seemed nearly as great as the loss of the wartime president. If the hidden horrors and valor of combat persist at all in the public mind, it is because of those writers who watched it and recorded it in the faith that war is too important to be confined to the private memories of the warriors. Above all these writers, Ernie Pyle towered as a giant. Through his words and his compassion, Americans everywhere gleaned their understanding of what they came to call "The Good War." Pyle walked a troubled path to fame. Though insecure and anxious, he created a carefree and kindly public image in his popular prewar column--all the while struggling with inner demons and a tortured marriage. War, in fact, offered Pyle an escape hatch from his own personal hell. It also offered him a subject precisely suited to his talent--a shrewd understanding of human nature, an unmatched eye for detail, a profound capacity to identify with the suffering soldiers whom he adopted as his own, and a plain yet poetic style reminiscent of Mark Twain and Will Rogers. These he brought to bear on the Battle of Britain and all the great American campaigns of the war--North Africa, Sicily, Italy, D-Day and Normandy, the liberation of Paris, and finally Okinawa, where he felt compelled to go because of his enormous public stature despite premonitions of death. In this immensely engrossing biography, affectionate yet critical, journalist and historian James Tobin does an Ernie Pyle job on Ernie Pyle, evoking perfectly the life and labors of this strange, frail, bald little man whose love/hate relationship to war mirrors our own. Based on dozens of interviews and copious research in little-known archives, Ernie Pyle's War is a self-effacing tour de force. To read it is to know Ernie Pyle, and most of all, to know his war."--Publisher description.

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