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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt And Company; First Edition edition (1945)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000PBWTQ2
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book helps to understand what our boys had to deal with at all times.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
There were at least seven printings in 1945 of Bill Mauldin's UP FRONT-- my copy is from the 7th run.

On page one of the book, Mauldin claims to not be a writer and that his text is primarily an attempt to explain how the 160 single panel cartoons reproduced here came to exist. Mauldin is easily as fine an author as artist. This unchaptered book presents a unique soldier's-view perspective of the last two momentous years of the war in Europe.

Twenty-two year-old Mauldin traveled as newspaper correspondent with the 45th Infantry Division on the Sicily invasion and Italian campaign. By then he was contributing to STARS AND STRIPES. The cartoon character Willie was based on Bill's friend Irving Richtel, and Willie's buddy Joe was an amalgam of typical G.I.s.

In early '44, Mauldin was given his own jeep to further material-gathering; he created 6 cartoons a week for the soldiers' paper. Career officers found Mauldin's work offensive-- George Patton even threatened to "throw his a-- in jail" when Bill lampooned the General's order that all men were to be clean-shaven. Only the intervention of ETO commander Gen. Eisenhower kept Mauldin from incarceration.

None of that controversy appears in UP FRONT, nor do Mauldin's personal exploits: landing at Anzio, being wounded, promotion to sergeant. What is here however are the many cartoons that helped struggling soldiers maintain their sanity under extremely stressful conditions. It's little wonder then that this fine book went through so many reprintings during its first year of existence.

Highest recommendation for a genuine World War Two collectible!

Bill Mauldin co-starred (as "The Loud Soldier") with WWII hero Audie Murphy in John Ford's THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Hoffman, author:Radiation Days: A Comedy VINE VOICE on March 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Of course, this is not a novel. It's a collection of cartoons as they appeared in the Armed Services newspaper Stars and Stripes. The cartoon began to appear in 1944 as the invasion of Europe was underway and millions of Allied troops were fighting their way through Italy and France and into the heart of the third reich.
After a few false starts, Mauldin settled on two characters, Willie and Joe-infantry men. Willie and Joe (who were barely distinguishable from each other) were concerned with all the things that veterans said concerned them during the war. Lousy food was as much of a concern as enemy artillery, fear of cold, wet feet as annoying as the fear of death.
The cartoons, and Mauldin's self-effacing recollections together form a kind of narrative that is at once immensely personal and deeply historical. Mauldin was a pioneer. It was ten years before Cornelius Ryan The Longest Day: The Classic Epic of D-Dayturned personal narratives into history and almost forty before Ken Burns came along.The War - A Film By Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
Mauldin was, in effect, the only war reporter who was relatively uncensored. Since his cartoons carried no strategic information, his only worry was the military's possible perception that he might be lowering troop morale with his swipes at the brass and the rear-echelon. Fortunately, some American sensibility that 'it's good to laugh at the boss even if the boss is us' prevailed.

This is the book that helped the post-war generation remember the war as it was fought by the men who did the hard work. A quiet masterpiece.

Lynn Hoffman, author of bang BANG: A Novel
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
There were at least seven printings in 1945 of Bill Mauldin's UP FRONT-- my copy is from the 7th run.

On page one of the book, Mauldin claims to not be a writer and that his text is primarily an attempt to explain how the 160 single panel cartoons reproduced here came to exist. Mauldin is easily as fine an author as artist. This unchaptered book presents a unique soldier's-view perspective of the last two momentous years of the war in Europe.

Twenty-two year-old Mauldin traveled as newspaper correspondent with the 45th Infantry Division on the Sicily invasion and Italian campaign. By then he was contributing to STARS AND STRIPES. The cartoon character Willie was based on Bill's friend Irving Richtel, and Willie's buddy Joe was an amalgam of typical G.I.s.

In early '44, Mauldin was given his own jeep to further material-gathering; he created 6 cartoons a week for the soldiers' paper. Career officers found Mauldin's work offensive-- George Patton even threatened to "throw his a-- in jail" when Bill lampooned the General's order that all men were to be clean-shaven. Only the intervention of ETO commander Gen. Eisenhower kept Mauldin from incarceration.

None of that controversy appears in UP FRONT, nor do Mauldin's personal exploits: landing at Anzio, being wounded, promotion to sergeant. What is here however are the many cartoons that helped struggling soldiers maintain their sanity under extremely stressful conditions. It's little wonder then that this fine book went through so many reprintings during its first year of existence.

Highest recommendation for a genuine World War Two collectible!

Bill Mauldin co-starred (as "The Loud Soldier") with WWII hero Audie Murphy in John Ford's THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE.
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