By John B. Romeiser
Not anyone bore witness larger than Don Whitehead . . . this quantity, deftly combining his diary and a formerly unpublished memoir, brings Whitehead and his reporting again to existence, and 21st-century readers are the richer for it.-from the Foreword, via Rick AtkinsonWinner of 2 Pulitzer Prizes, Don Whitehead is among the mythical newshounds of global warfare II. For the linked Press he coated nearly each very important Allied invasion and crusade in Europe-from North Africa to landings in Sicily, Salerno, Anzio, and Normandy, and to the force into Germany. His dispatches, released within the fresh Beachhead Don, are treasures of wartime journalism.From the autumn of September 1942, as a freshly minted A.P. journalist in manhattan, to the spring of 1943 as Allied tanks closed in at the Germans in Tunisia, Whitehead stored a diary of his reports as a rookie wrestle reporter. The diary stops in 1943, and it has remained unpublished formerly. again domestic later, Whitehead all started, yet by no means accomplished, a memoir of his awesome lifestyles in combat.John Romeiser has woven either the North African diary and Whitehead's memoir of the following landings in Sicily right into a vibrant, unvarnished, and entirely riveting tale of 8 months in the course of the most brutal wrestle of the conflict. right here, Whitehead captures the fierce struggling with within the African desolate tract and Sicilian mountains, in addition to infrequent insights into the day-by-day grind of reporting from a warfare quarter, the place tedium alternated with terror. within the culture of cartoonist invoice Mauldin's memoir Up entrance, Don Whitehead's strong self-portrait is destined to turn into an American vintage.
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