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Ernie Pyle's War: America's Eyewitness to World War II (Thorndike Press Large Print American History Series) Hardcover – Jul 1999


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: G K Hall & Co; Lrg edition (July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0783885717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0783885711
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,043,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"James Tobin's magnificent new biography of Pyle should do much to renew the luster of his name and revive interest in his extraordinary work. . . . This clear-eyed, unsentimental, beautifully written biography is a classic worthy of the man it celebrates." -- "The Cleveland Plain Dealer" --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Aug. 1998
Format: Hardcover
I strongly urge reading James Tobin, Ernie Pyle's War for entertainment, reflection, and inspiration. Tobin is a rare combination--a successful journalist who holds a Ph.D. in history. Tobin brought these streams together to tell a compelling personal-interest story with insights into the nature of combat documentation, as well as into the political and economic dynamics of the news.
In telling a compelling personal story, Tobin raises issues that should make this book mandatory reading for any who intend to practice the art of capturing and conveying military operations. There are the personal aspects that established Pyle's unique approach to covering this subject it, made him seek it, and kept him at it until it ultimately cost his life. There is the tense balance between capturing what the observer actually sees and conveying what is acceptable to varous others who will filter whatever the observer sets down. There is the dynamic among the actors, the observer, the personal and institutional interests of those in charge, and the desire of those at home to have both information and assurance. Finally there are the personal costs and rewards of this kind of work.
The dilemmas that Pyle faced, in varying degrees, confront anyone working in any medium, place, or time. Again varying by the conditions, Pyle's reactions are similarly general. Perhaps the most telling episode is the brief collaboration between Arthur Miller and Ernie Pyle about a Hollywood movie: Miller driven to invest events with overarching significance and Pyle reluctant to impose elements that the moments utterly lacked.
Tobin's work seems worthy of his subject.
J. W. Williams, former historian, Implementation Force (IFOR), Bosnia
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 April 1999
Format: Hardcover
James Tobin's masterful biography of Ernie Pyle will remind older readers of the skill of Pyle, an excellent journalist and poetic writer whose newspaper columns from the front lines of World War II were universally read. For younger readers, it's a chance to discover one of the century's great media stars, now almost forgotten. Pyle's life story is complicated, and well told by Tobin. Pyle's continued determination to cover the war with the average GIs at the front led to his death in battle in 1945. But his writing is timeless. Tobin has done us all a service by resurrecting the story of Pyle, and bringing Pyle's columns back for another generation to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Nov. 1998
Format: Hardcover
Aside from the subject, which is covered with a journalist's thoroughness and an historian's scope, the writing is tender and evocative. I am a fiction reader normally, but I have found in this book an author wielding a gratifying touch with language. Ernie Pyle would admire this thoughtful student of his career. A wonderful read for anyone who wishes to remember WWII, great men, daring times and relish the rise of the common man, presented here in an uncommon manner.
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By A Customer on 10 Jan. 1998
Format: Hardcover
Two words: great book! Buy this for your favorite veteran!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Aug. 1998
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This splendid book was a gift to my husband on Father's Day. We both have read it from cover to cover and have highly recommended it to our friends.
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