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Beachhead Don: Reporting the War from the European Theater: 1942-1945 (World War II: The Global, Human and Ethical Dimension) [Hardcover]

Don Whitehead , John B. Romeiser

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1 Jan 2005 World War II: The Global, Human and Ethical Dimension (Book 3)
Winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, Don Whitehead delivered battlefield dispatches that were classics of frontline reporting. One of the legendary reporters of World War II, Whitehead covered almost every important Allied invasion and campaign in Europe-from landings in Sicily, Salerno, and Anzio on the Italian front to Normandy, where he went ashore with the First Army Division. Writing for the Associated Press, he covered the brutal beachhead fighting and followed the Allied sweep to victory across France, Belgium, and Germany. Daring, valiant, and fearless, "Beachhead Don" was one of sixteen correspondents awarded the Medal of Freedom by Harry S Truman. Collected here for the first time, his dispatches are classics of war journalism. This book, long overdue, will help a new generation discover Whitehead's vivid, powerful, and unforgettable stories of men at war. John Romeiser provides a richly detailed introduction and background to the man, his work, and his world.

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.,."Beachhead Don... not only provides a view of the war from the perspective of the frontline soldiers, but also highlights the great change that has overtaken journalism since the advent of television."

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Don Whitehead was born in 1908 in the coal country of Virginia and graduated from the University of Kentucky, later joining the Associated Press as a reporter in Tennessee. He was sent overseas by AP in 1942 to cover the British Army's drive against Erwin Rommel's tanks in North Africa. He later worked for the New York Herald Tribune and the Knoxville News-Sentinel. In addition to two Pulitzers, Whitehead won a George Polk Memorial Award in 1951 and wrote a number of books, including The FBI Story. He died in 1981. John B. Romeiser teaches French at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where he is co-founder and former director of the Normandy Scholars program.

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JOURNALIST Don Whitehead hit the hostile shores of Sicily, Italy, and Normandy with U.S. invasion forces during World War II, yet his writings are little known. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beachhead Don 4 Aug 2008
By Paul Kelly Bowen - Published on Amazon.com
This book really made for interesting reading and is a must for those of us who are interested in our WW II history. Don Whitehead's detailed daily AP press releases of the battles taking place and his in depth study of individuals soldiers involved in those battles certainly give a side of the war that are seldom written. This book along with the book "Combat Reporter", also about Don Whitehead, are the best of this type book since reading "Ernie's War" about Ernie Pyle. I met Don Whitehead on several occasions in my youth and was delighted to hear some of the stories he had to tell. He and I were related, second cousins, and I am so delighted that his works have not been lost. A wonderful addition to my library...
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