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Here is Your War: America's Favorite Correspondent Tells the Story of Our Soldiers' First Big Campaign Hardcover – 1943
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Dec. 1943 Holt Co. Green hardcover with dust jacket. Full page 1944 newspaper article about Ernie Pyle has been bagged and is included with book.
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This book contains 17 of Ernie’s dispatches about the war in North Africa, and a wrap-up eighteenth chapter that presents Ernie’s personal views. It is a memoir. It takes you there. Pyle tells you what he saw, what he heard, what he felt, and what he thought. Frequently, he identified
soldiers, their hometowns, and their experiences. It is almost like a continuing letter to the folks at home.
The book is only 304 pages in length, but it was published under wartime restrictions on print and pagination. Ordinarily, this book would exceed 400 pages in length. Maybe that is why I sometimes felt that the reading was taking a long time.
One wonders whether these dispatches were divided into segments for publication in newspapers. They seem to be much too long for normal newspaper articles. The dispatches also would have been helped by a few maps of North Africa. However, the original publication of these dispatches undoubtedly would have been accompanied by maps of the current battle sites. It would not have hurt to provide a few maps for a better understanding of Ernie’s travails.
This book is a memoir at its best. The subject matter is significant, and the writing is outstanding.