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Bill Mauldin's Army: Bill Mauldin's Greatest World War II Cartoons Paperback – June 1, 1983
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In his cartoons Mauldin battled injustice and pretense with irony and humor, not only through his drawings but also his captions. Of course, as the cover shot of the soldier about to shoot his broken jeep amply evidences, he did not always need the captions. Other times the caption carries the cartoon, as when Willie and Joe are huddled in the snow and asking, "Remember the warm soft mud last summer?" Another classic shows an exhausted infantryman standing in front of a table where medals were being given out, saying: "Just gimme th' aspirin. I already got a Purple Heart." Many of these cartoons were originally published in "Up Front," Mauldin's 1944 best selling book.Read more ›
This little collection of cartoons offers us a window into an earlier time fraught with hardships we modern Americans can't even imagine. Buy the book, look through that window. You will not only be entertained, you will be informed.
Mauldin's cartoons show army life as it is, and the soldier as it is. Men doing a job, not liking the job all that much, wanting to get it over with as soon as possible but doing the job and coping with it.
The Humor is in the realism, the acceptance of what we can't even dream of as a regular part of life. It a real mirror not only of the soldiers but of the times and the people in them. their fathers had dealt with WWI and their grand fathers had fought in the civil war. They themselves had lived through the depression and knew what life was and how it worked.
Many modern cartoonists owe a great deal to Mauldin. So does the country as a whole. Buy it and understand.
The book is organized in a rough chronological/subject order. But along the way, we see why Mauldin was the one of the greatest chroniclers of the common foot soldier. This is a must for any World War II reader.
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Absolutely awesome. S/B read in High School Civics (if its still taught) to give this generation a look at what the GI's went through.Published 2 months ago by Walking Feather
This was a gift for my husband, who is a Bill Mauldin fan. He really enjoys this book.Published 6 months ago by Karla Rostine
I cannot say enough about this. I bought this to replace one I'd had as a teen, loaned out and never seen again. If I lost this one, I'd buy another one.Published 9 months ago by Joe R
Outstanding, you just need to have been a solider to under the humor. War is the same.Published 11 months ago by Ollie