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The Brass Ring Hardcover – Jan 1972


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A Good Read 12 Jan. 2002
By scrub_704 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book can serve a multitude of uses to a multitude of readers: A "sort of" history of WWII; the story of how a young man from humble and poor beginings won a pulitzer prize for editorial cartooning, how an aspiring cartoonist gained national recognition and how other aspiring cartoonists may go about becoming recognized themselves. Highly entertaining with one of the most humorous and climactic endings I have ever had the pleasure to read.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A great book by a very good man 7 Jun. 2005
By D. D Lawson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you want a worms eye view of the grim reality of the WWII Italian campaign then here you go. Bill Mauldin is one of my all time favorite Writers and more importantly Cartoonist. This gritty, humorous book about one of Americas toughest campaigns is one of the best books I have ever read. His story about Patton is worth the price of the book alone. But there is so much more and I don't want to give it away. I can not recommend this book too highly !
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The real war 3 Jun. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Witty, grim, ironic - Bill Mauldin's "The Brass Ring" is a look at the reality of World War II by a guy who was there. If the men and women in the war were "just doing their job", as many say, then why do so many of us respect them so much? Mauldin's own story does as good a job, I suppose, as any man can do in trying to answer this unanswerable question.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The real GI story. 18 Feb. 2010
By Rodney A. Hunt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book when it was first published. I have read it again and again. I will pick it up every few years to re-read. He has a great sense of humor and writes about his family and friends with a very loving, but comic eye. His take on the GI's of WW 2 and their trials and life ring true even thru the Viet Nam war. The typical officers, generals are shown here. His favorite general and least favorite jibe with comments that I have heard from WW 2 vets. Smart-alec and an almost childish wonder of the life in the war read great. He fell into a dream job and doesn't blow-up his importance or great contribution. The quote from his discharge is the real truth about GI's and what they did...and still do. Love this book and I'm sorry that I did not write him and thank him for his book and Willie and Joe.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent autobiography, but it ends in 1945 18 Nov. 2011
By David Ljunggren - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Mauldin has produced a great book here, in parts laugh-out-loud funny, in which he describes how he hauled himself up from a very poor background in the dusty deserted U.S. Southwest to win a Pulitzer Prize at the age of 23. In large part his success stems from a determination to succeed, to do whatever was needed, to bounce back from every setback. He also succeeded because he had relatives who believed enough in his talent to lend him the enormous amount of money needed for a two-year stint at a school to improve his drawing. He returned downbeat and unsure of his prospects and then saved himself by enlisting, which quickly led to opportunities to draw. Once abroad in the combat zone he worked for a semi-official army newspaper and gained a huge number of followers for his tightly-drawn and sometimes bitter cartoons which did little to hide what war was like for the average soldier, immortalised by Willie and Joe, the two regular soldiers who featured so often in his work. General George Patton did not approve and called in Mauldin for a dressing down, which failed to discourage him. The only problem I have with the book is that although it was written in 1970 or so, it ends rather abruptly in 1945. That said, it's well worth reading.
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