Brave Men

New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1944. Not marked First Edition, so presumed to be an early printing. Hardcover. [6], 474 pages. No DJ present. Binding shows some moisture damage. Some page discoloration (but no stuck pages). Previous owner's stamp and mailing label on fep. Index. Ernest Taylor Pyle (August 3, 1900 – April 18, 1945) was a Pulitzer Prize–winning American journalist and war correspondent who is best known for his stories about ordinary American soldiers during World War II. Pyle is also notable for the columns he wrote as a roving human-interest reporter from 1935 through 1941 for the Scripps-Howard newspaper syndicate that earned him wide acclaim for his simple accounts of ordinary people across North America. When the United States entered World War II, he lent the same distinctive, folksy style of his human-interest stories to his wartime reports from the European theater (1942–44) and Pacific theater (1945). Pyle won the Pulitzer Prize in 1944 for his newspaper accounts of "dogface" soldiers from a first-person perspective. He was killed by enemy fire on Iejima during the Battle of Okinawa. Pyle was among the best-known American war correspondents. His syndicated column was published in 400 daily and 300 weekly newspapers nationwide. President Harry Truman said of Pyle, "No man in this war has so well told the story of the American fighting man as American fighting men wanted it told. He deserves the gratitude of all his countrymen." Pyle is described as "the pre-eminent war correspondent of his era," War correspondents and historians recognize Pyle's WWII dispatches as "the standard to which every other war correspondent should strive to emulate." Europe was in the throes of World War II, and when America joined the fighting, Ernie Pyle went along. Long before television beamed daily images of combat into our living rooms, Pyle’s on-the-spot reporting gave the American public a firsthand view of what war was like for the boys on the front. Pyle followed the soldiers into the trenches, battlefields, field hospitals, and beleaguered cities of Europe. What he witnessed he described with a clarity, sympathy, and grit that gave the public back home an immediate sense of the foot soldier’s experience. There were really two wars, John Steinbeck wrote in Time magazine: one of maps and logistics, campaigns, ballistics, divisions, and regiments and the other a "war of the homesick, weary, funny, violent, common men who wash their socks in their helmets, complain about the food, whistle at Arab girls, or any girls for that matter, and bring themselves through as dirty a business as the world has ever seen and do it with humor and dignity and courage—and that is Ernie Pyle’s war." This collection of Pyle’s columns detailing the fighting in Europe in 1943–44 brings that war—and the living, and dying, moments of history—home to us once again. Condition: Poor [readable].

Keywords: War Correspondent, Sicily, Artillermen, Dive Bombers, Mountain Warfare, Anzio, Nettuno, Beachhead, Supply Line, Hospital Ship, Hedgerow, Ack-Ack, Street Fighting, Reconnoitering, Break-Through, Breakthrough, Liberation

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