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Ernie Pyle's War: America's Eyewitness to World War II (Thorndike Press Large Print American History Series) Hardcover – 1 Jul 1999
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"This is the portrait of a complex, enormously gifted but tortured writer . . . but it is much more: few books about combat journalism have so vividly depicted the fascinating interactions between war correspondents, soldiers and folks back home. . . . World War II was quintessentially Ernie Pyle's war, and Mr. Tobin brilliantly explains why." -- The New York Times Book Review
"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
"What makes this biography so fascinating . . . is the story of Pyle himself, a man seemingly driven by demons and nagged by self-doubt who accomplished so much. . . . Anyone with an interest in the power of the written word will be intrigued -- and will lament that Pyle was the sort of character unlikely to be seen again." -- The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Barely a half century ago Ernie Pyle was one of the most famous people in America . . . both the chronicler of the common man and its embodiment. Now, five decades after his death from Japanese fire on a small island in the Pacific, Pyle has had the good fortune to fall under the scrutiny of a sympathetic, unsentimental and scrupulous biographer. . . . The result is a thorough, revealing book." -- The Washington Post Book World --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
James Tobin is a prizewinning reporter for the "Detroit News." A Pulitzer Prize nominee, he earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Ann Arbor, Michigan. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
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