By John B. Romeiser
Not anyone bore witness greater 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 this quantity, deftly combining his diary and a formerly unpublished memoir, brings Whitehead and his reporting again to existence, and 21st-century readers are the richer for it.-from the Foreword, through Rick AtkinsonWinner of 2 Pulitzer Prizes, Don Whitehead is among the mythical newshounds of global warfare II. For the linked Press he lined nearly each vital 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 contemporary 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 saved a diary of his reviews as a rookie strive against reporter. The diary stops in 1943, and it has remained unpublished earlier. again domestic later, Whitehead begun, yet by no means accomplished, a memoir of his outstanding existence 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 fully riveting tale of 8 months in the course of one of the most brutal strive against of the conflict. right here, Whitehead captures the fierce scuffling with within the African desolate tract and Sicilian mountains, in addition to infrequent insights into the day-by-day grind of reporting from a struggle region, the place tedium alternated with terror. within the culture of cartoonist invoice Mauldin's memoir Up entrance, Don Whitehead's robust self-portrait is destined to develop into an American vintage.
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