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The Soldier's Friend: A Life of Ernie Pyle
     

The Soldier's Friend: A Life of Ernie Pyle

by Ray E. Boomhower
 
During World War II, Ernie Pyle's column in newspapers across the country offered a foxhole view of the struggle as he reported on the life and death of the average soldier. When he died, Pyle's popularity and readership was worldwide. The Soldier's Friend: A Life of Ernie Pyle, a biography aimed at young readers, explores the reporter's legendary career from his

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During World War II, Ernie Pyle's column in newspapers across the country offered a foxhole view of the struggle as he reported on the life and death of the average soldier. When he died, Pyle's popularity and readership was worldwide. The Soldier's Friend: A Life of Ernie Pyle, a biography aimed at young readers, explores the reporter's legendary career from his days growing up in the small town of Dana, Indiana, to his life as a roving correspondent with the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain, to his growing fame as a columnist detailing the rigors of combat faced by the average G.I. during World War II. The book features numerous illustrations, samples of Pyle's World War II columns, a detailed bibliography of World War II sources, and an index.

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Boomhower portrays Pyle, still the most renowned war correspondent ever, as a journalist whose special gift was capturing extraordinary moments in the lives of ordinary people. Sandwiched between an opening overview chapter and four sample columns, he traces the Indiana native's career from school days to death by sniper fire, describing his restless travels to every part of the country, and later through every theater of WWII in which U.S. troops fought. If the narrative sometimes gets bogged down in detail-readers are unlikely to gain much insight from learning the exact costs of Pyle's New Mexico house, or his hotel room in London during the Blitz, for instance-it does capture Pyle's character and outlook, while being frank enough to note the battles with alcohol and depression both he and his troubled wife fought. Illustrated with well-chosen photographs and providing at least a taste of Pyle's distinctive prose (" . . . the fields and pastures are hideous with thousands of hidden mines"), this profile makes a good companion or replacement for Barbara O'Conner's Soldiers' Voice: The Story of Ernie Pyle (1996). (multimedia resource and address lists, index) (Biography. 11-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780871952004
Publisher:
Indiana Historical Society
Publication date:
09/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
134
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

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