Reporting the War: The Journalistic Coverage of World War II

Reporting the War: The Journalistic Coverage of World War II

by Frederick S. Voss

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The highlights of this companion volume to an upcoming exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery are 121 photographs and illustrations, including such famous images as Joe Rosenthal's Pulitzer Prize-winning image of Iwo Jima and Margaret Bourke-White's picture of the liberation of the prisoners at Buchenwald. Also compelling are reprints of famous news stories and broadcasts by, among others, Ernie Pyle and Edward R. Murrow. The narrative is thorough and serviceable, if somewhat plodding, but more problematic is the haphazard organization of the chapters. The ten chapters (each of which opens with a brief introduction and a biographical profile) are arranged chronologically by type of media (broadcasting, photojournalism, painting, cartoons), by race or gender, by style (``Mavericks,'' featuring Hemingway is one example) and by subject (``Dawn of the Atomic Age''). Also troubling is the sometimes inconsistent tone: for instance, after a lengthy cataloguing of General MacArthur's blatant manipulation of the press (tampering with photo captions to make it seem that MacArthur was on the front, for example), these actions are apologetically dismissed: ``MacArthur did indeed emerge from the war, in the eyes of many Americans, as a nearly flawless military genius. But in light of his genuinely good performance in the Pacific, that might have occurred without his press office's efforts to make it happen.'' Still, a general overview of American journalism's place in World War II has been wanting, and this volume satisfies that need quite competently. (May)
Library Journal
It's a demographic reality that some 70 percent of Americans today have no personal recollection of World War II, reason enough to welcome this superb volume. Visually exciting and tautly written, it presents some of the best color and drama of the war while saluting U.S. writers, photographers, cartoonists and painters whose surnames stand out like beacons: Ernie Pyle, Edward R. Murrow, William Shirer, Margaret Bourke-White, Robert Capa, Bill Mauldin, et al. Here, too, is a report on censorship and on the troubled role of the black press during the war. The book accompanies an exhibition of the same name at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. Strongly recommended for all libraries. [Previewed in ``World War II: Fifty Years After D-Day,'' LJ 4/1/94, p. 110-111.]-Chet Hagan, Berks Cty. P.L. System, Pa.
A companion to an exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery, April through August 1994, exploring the lives and work of journalists who covered the European and Pacific theaters during World War II. Among the topics are the impact of new technologies that allowed such immediacy as live radio reports from beneath bombing raids and photographs of battles only hours cold, the appearance of women war correspondents, and drawings and cartoons from the front lines. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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