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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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Ottley s writings offer a fascinating glimpse into a segregated world on the eve of historic change. . . . Highly recommended. Library Journal

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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"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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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700617698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700617692
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Roi Ottley is largely known for writing the ground-breaking book "New World A-Coming: Inside Black America" & was a correspondent during WWII. Yet, he seems to be all but forgotten today. Because of that, this book serves as a great way to re-introduce him to the world.

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.
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A different perspective on WW 2 and the time period - excellently written and very interesting. A renewed sense of the characters of the time
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Overlooked, obscured AMERICAN history. Glad his story was told. Edward Morrow's biography would be a great accompanist to this.
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