"No one bore witness better than Don Whitehead . . . this volume, deftly combining his diary and a previously unpublished memoir, brings Whitehead and his reporting back to life, and 21st-century readers are the richer for it."-from the Foreword, by Rick Atkinson
A World War II diary interwoven with subsequent memoir, this recounts Don Whitehead's travels as a fledgling Associated Press combat reporter in 1942. His first assignment, which most of this book covers, was reporting on the British army's attempt to defeat and remove from Africa the German forces led by General Rommel. From the start, Whitehead notes his frustrations, excitements, fears, and longings for home, along with the dangers encountered when venturing into the North African desert with other correspondents in chase of Rommel's troops. Whitehead also vents his difficulties as a reporter in dealing with the censorship office while trying to write accurately about what he saw daily. Overall, we bear witness to his life in his first eight months as a war reporter: the physical hardships, the friends lost, the challenges in reporting, and the excitement of seeing the war firsthand. Recommended for academic and public libraries, particularly those with collections on or of World War II journalism. Erin J. Miller, Middletown, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Don Whitehead, who died in 1981, also worked for the New York Herald Tribune and the Knoxville News-Sentinel, won a George Polk Memorial Award, and wrote a number of books, including The FBI Story.
John B. Romeiser teaches at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he is founder and former director of the Normandy Scholars Program. He edited Beachhead Don: Reporting the War from the European Theater, 1942-1945 (Fordham).
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Rick Atkinson's best-selling books include In the Company of Soldiers: A Chronicle of Combat and An Army at Dawn: The War in Africa, 1942-1943. Franklin is a retired US Army officer and he knew Whitehead and served with him.