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Roi Ottley's World War II: The Lost Diary of an African American Journalist Hardcover – April 12, 2011
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A hardheaded, clear-eyed and intuitive look into a past that is thankfully no longer with us. Washington Times
An illuminating portrait of a forgotten black writer. --National Catholic Reporter
If you think you know the American experience of World War II, just try looking at the European theater through the eyes of African American war correspondent Roi Ottley. I found fascinating new stuff on page after page. James Tobin, author of Ernie Pyle s War
Ottley s lively and original writings provide a vivid and heartfelt portrait of African American soldiers as they struggled to bring democracy to Europe and America during the World War II era. . . . An important contribution to our understanding of African American history and American race relations --Albert S. Broussard, author of African-American Odyssey: The Stewarts, 1853 1963
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"Ottley's lively and original writings provide a vivid and heartfelt portrait of African American soldiers as they struggled to bring democracy to Europe and America during the World War II era. . . . An important contribution to our understanding of African American history and American race relations" --Albert S. Broussard, author of African-American Odyssey: The Stewarts, 1853-1963
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The book starts out with a bio on Ottley's life before going into the personal dairy he wrote while in Europe between July & November 1944. Some of which-mainly the extended entrances were censored by the US Army because Ottley talked about race relations between the military & it's Black troops as well as attempts by (Southern) White soldiers to bring their Jim Crow mindset abroad. Then there's a collection of articles he's written for a number of newspapers between 1942-1946, most of which are about race relations in the international stage. Overall, I found this book to be a real turn pager. The events that Ottley write about in the dairy part alone makes this a book worth checking out. But even more if you want to know more about the African American experience during WWII's European front.