Reporting World War 2


Drawn from wartime newspaper and magazine reports, radio transcripts, and books, Reporting World War II captures the unfolding drama through the work of over 50 writers, the best of a remarkable generation of reporters. William L. Shirer and Howard K. Smith inside Nazi Germany; A. J. Liebling on the fall of France and the Tunisian campaign; Edward R. Murrow on the London Blitz and Buchenwald; Ernie Pyle on the war in the foxholes. Margaret Bourke-White flies over the lines in Italy; Robert Sherrod and Tom Lea ...
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Drawn from wartime newspaper and magazine reports, radio transcripts, and books, Reporting World War II captures the unfolding drama through the work of over 50 writers, the best of a remarkable generation of reporters. William L. Shirer and Howard K. Smith inside Nazi Germany; A. J. Liebling on the fall of France and the Tunisian campaign; Edward R. Murrow on the London Blitz and Buchenwald; Ernie Pyle on the war in the foxholes. Margaret Bourke-White flies over the lines in Italy; Robert Sherrod and Tom Lea record the horrors in the Pacific; Janet Flanner and Martha Gellhorn examine a defeated Germany. On the homefront, E. B. White visits a bond rally, James Agee reviews newsreels, and Roi Ottley exposes racism in the military. Inchided in full is Hiroshima, John Hersey's classic account of the first atomic bombing and its aftermath.
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Can we praise this anthology enough? The table of contents should convince the most war-weary reader, with contributors including A. J. Liebling, Margaret Bourke-White, Edward R. Murrow, James Agee, Lee Miller, Homer Bigart, and John Hersey. Seven hundred and seventy-four pages of journalism verging on literature.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931082051
  • Publisher: Library of America
  • Publication date: 5/3/2001
  • Series: Library of America Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 1,008,204
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.45 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Samuel Hynes is Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature Emeritus at Princeton University and the author of several major works of literary criticism, including The Auden Generation, Edwardian Occasions, and The Edwardian Turn of Mind. Hynes's wartime experiences as a Marine Corps pilot were the basis for his highly praised memoir, Flights of Passage. The Soldiers' Tale, his book about soldiers' narratives of the two world wars and Vietnam, won a Robert F. Kennedy Award. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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Table of Contents

Preface xv
Introduction xix
William L. Shirer: "It's All Over" - The Munich Conference: September 1938 1
Vincent Sheean: Aufenthalt in Rosenheim - Anti-Semitism and the Germans: 1938 4
Otto D. Tolischus: Last Warsaw Fort Yields to Germans - The Fall of Poland: September 28, 1939 9
A. J. Liebling: Paris Postscript - Paris Before the Fall: May 1940 14
Virginia Cowles: The Beginning of the End - Flight from Paris: June 1940 25
William L. Shirer: "Revengeful, Triumphant Hate" - French Humiliation at Compiegne: June 21, 1940 35
Edward R. Murrow: Can They Take It? - The London Blitz: September 1940 40
Ernie Pyle: "This Dreadful Masterpiece" - London on Fire: The Raid of December 29, 1940 45
Robert St. John: Under Fire - German Invasion of Greece: April 1941 48
Otto D. Tolischus: The Way of Subjects - Formulating Japanese Imperial Ideology: August 1941 63
Howard K. Smith: Valhalla in Transition - Berlin After the Invasion of Russia: Autumn 1941 69
Robert Hagy: "The Worst News That I Have Encountered in the Last 20 Years" - America First Rally in Pittsburgh: December 7, 1941 94
New York Herald Tribune: President's War Message - America Declares War: December 8, 1941 99
Melville Jacoby: War Hits Manila - Japan Attacks the Philippines: December 8-28, 1941 101
Cecil Brown: "Prepare to Abandon Ship" - The Sinking of the Repulse and the Prince of Wales: December 10, 1941 109
Larry Lesueur: "Tanks and Cannons Standing Starkly in the Snow" - Devastation on the Moscow Front: December 1941 115
Annalee Jacoby: Bataan Nurses - Nurses Under Fire in the Philippines: April 1942 129
Jack Belden: Flight Through the Jungle - Stilwell's Retreat Through Burma: May 1942 133
Helen Lawrenson: "Damn the Torpedoes!" - The Merchant Marine and the Battle of the Atlantic: 1942 146
Foster Hailey: The Battle of Midway - Carrier War in the Pacific: June 4, 1942 153
Ted Nakashima: Concentration Camp: U.S. Style - The Internment of Japanese-Americans: 1942 161
The New York Times: "A Vast Slaughterhouse" - Reports of Genocide in Eastern Europe: June 1942 164
E. B. White: Bond Rally - Dorothy Lamour in Bangor, Maine: September 1942 168
Richard Tregaskis: Battle of the Ridge - Guadalcanal: September 7-24, 1942 174
Roi Ottley: Negroes Are Saying - African-Americans and the War: Discrimination and Protest, 1942 211
Mary Heaton Vorse: The Girls of Elkton, Maryland - Munitions Workers: 1943 230
A. J. Liebling: The Foamy Fields - Air War in Tunisia: January 1943 245
Ernie Pyle: The War in Tunisia - February-May 1943 288
Beirne Lay, Jr.: I Saw Regensburg Destroyed - B-17 Raid on Germany: August 17, 1943 306
John Steinbeck: Fear of Death as Green Troops Sail to Invasion - Troop Ship to Salerno: September 1943 319
Richard Tregaskis: "Then I Got It" - American Correspondent Wounded in Italy: November 1943 322
Robert Sherrod: from Tarawa: The Story of a Battle - The Marines at Tarawa: November 1943 333
Edward R. Murrow: "The Target Was To Be the Big City" - Bombing Raid Over Berlin: December 2, 1943 363
Homer Bigart: San Pietro a Village of the Dead; Victory Cost Americans Dearly - Battle of San Pietro: Italy, December 1943 371
Margaret Bourke-White: Over the Lines - Spotting Artillery from a Piper Cub: Italy, 1943 379
Ernie Pyle: "This One Is Captain Waskow" - The Death of an Infantry Officer: Italy, January 1944 394
Vincent Tubbs: "Wide Awake on an Island Beachhead" - The Southwest Pacific: February-March 1944 397
Walter Bernstein: Search for a Battle - Italy: March 1944 407
The Editors of Fortune (drawings by Mine Okubo): Issei, Nisei, Kibei - Japanese-American Internment: 1944 421
Susan B. Anthony II: Working at the Navy Yard - Women in War Plants: 1944 445
Ernie Pyle: Omaha Beach After D-Day - June 1944 452
Ernie Pyle: Battle and Breakout in Normandy - July-August 1944 461
Lee Miller: The Siege of St. Malo - "The War Wasn't Over in This Section": St. Malo, August 1944 471
Helen Kirkpatrick: Daily News Writer Sees Man Slain at Her Side in Hail of Lead - The Liberation of Paris: August 26, 1944 486
Bill Mauldin: from Up Front - "My Business Is Drawing": A Cartoonist in Combat, 1943-44 490
Rupert Trimmingham and others: Democracy? - African-Americans and the War: Correspondence from Yank, 1944 509
Brendan Gill: Young Man Behind Plexiglass - Profile of an American Bombardier: August 1944 513
Tom Lea: Peleliu Landing - "War Is Fighting and Fighting Is Killing": Peleliu, September 1944 529
William Walton: Now the Germans Are the Refugees - The Fall of Aachen: October 1944 567
John H. Crider: U.S. Board Bares Atrocity Details Told by Witnesses at Polish Camps - Eyewitness Report of Auschwitz: November 1944 570
Mack Morriss: War in the Huertgen Forest - "A Solid Mass of Dark, Impenetrable Green": The Huertgen Forest, November 1944 577
Martha Gellhorn: The Battle of the Bulge - The Road to Bastogne: December 1944 583
Robert Sherrod: The First Three Days - Landing on Iwo Jima: February 1945 591
Howard Brodie: Jump-Off - Assault Across the Roer: February 1945 596
James Agee: "These Terrible Records of War" - Newsreels of Iwo Jima: March 1945 606
Janet Flanner (Genet): Letter from Cologne - "A Model of Destruction": Cologne, March 1945 608
Martha Gellhorn: Das Deutsches Volk - "We Were Never Nazis": Germans in Defeat, April 1945 615
James Agee: "A Soldier Died Today" - The Death of F.D.R.: April 12, 1945 623
Edward R. Murrow: "For Most of It I Have No Words" - Buchenwald: April 15, 1945 625
Evan Wylie: Ernie Pyle - The Death of Ernie Pyle: Ie Shima, April 18, 1945 630
Virginia Irwin: "A Giant Whirlpool of Destruction" - The Russians in Berlin: April 1945 633
Edward Kennedy: The War in Europe Is Ended! - The German Surrender: May 7, 1945 644
A. J. Liebling: The A.P. Surrender - The Press and the Military: May 1945 646
Phelps Adams: Attack on Carrier Bunker Hill - Kamikaze Raid Off Okinawa: May 1945 656
William L. Laurence: Atomic Bombing of Nagasaki Told by Flight Member - "A Giant Pillar of Purple Fire": Nagasaki, August 9, 1945 663
Homer Bigart: Japan Signs, Second World War Is Ended - The Japanese Surrender: September 2, 1945 673
Homer Bigart: A Month After the Atom Bomb: Hiroshima Still Can't Believe It - A Walk in Hiroshima: September 3, 1945 675
John Hersey: Hiroshima - The Bombing of Hiroshima and Its Aftermath: August 6, 1945-August 1946 681
Chronology, 1933-1945 759
Maps 795
Biographical Notes 812
Note on the Texts 828
Acknowledgments 832
Notes 835
Glossary of Military Terms 854
Index 863
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