Up Front

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The definitive biography of the greatest cartoonist of the Greatest Generation.
"The real war," said Walt Whitman, "will never get in the books." During World War II, the truest glimpse most Americans got of the "real war" came through the flashing black lines of twenty-two-year-old infantry sergeant Bill Mauldin. Week after week, Mauldin defied army censors, German artillery, and Patton's pledge to "throw his ass in jail" to deliver his wildly popular cartoon, "Up Front," to ...

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Overview

The definitive biography of the greatest cartoonist of the Greatest Generation.
"The real war," said Walt Whitman, "will never get in the books." During World War II, the truest glimpse most Americans got of the "real war" came through the flashing black lines of twenty-two-year-old infantry sergeant Bill Mauldin. Week after week, Mauldin defied army censors, German artillery, and Patton's pledge to "throw his ass in jail" to deliver his wildly popular cartoon, "Up Front," to the pages of Stars and Stripes. "Up Front" featured the wise-cracking Willie and Joe, whose stooped shoulders, mud-soaked uniforms, and pidgin of army slang and slum dialect bore eloquent witness to the world of combat and the men who lived—and died—in it.This taut, lushly illustrated biography—the first of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Bill Mauldin—is illustrated with more than ninety classic Mauldin cartoons and rare photographs. It traces the improbable career and tumultuous private life of a charismatic genius who rose to fame on his motto: "If it's big, hit it."

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Editorial Reviews

R. C. Harvey
The best book about war and life in an army...a classic of both prose and pictures.
Comics Buyers Guide
R.C. Harvey
The best book about war and life in an army...a classic of both prose and pictures. —Comics Buyers Guide
Library Journal
Speaking of Americana . With the memory of the war as fresh as the ink on the pages, Mauldin's text and drawings of the American dogface GI in combat became a classic the minute it rolled off the press in 1945 and remains an essential title for libraries. This edition contains a new foreword by Stephen Ambrose. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Mauldin's classic portrait of the World War II combat soldier is being reissued in this facsimile edition to coincide with the 50th anniversary of V-E Day on April 29. Though Mauldin was known for his cartoons of dogfaces "Willie" and "Joe," reviewers praised his prose, with the New York Times calling Up Front a "vigorous, brash, youthful but excellent book."
Gilbert Taylor
Reprised here is the classic saga of Willie and Joe, Mauldin's GI "dogfaces" who slogged their way through cartoons set in Italy and France. For frontline black humor, the pair's war-weary image--slouched shoulders, dented helmets, torn uniforms, month-old beards, booze bottle in hand--combined with Mauldin's starkly angular, expressionistic shading and mordant captions yielded an ineffable effect matched by no other illustrator in World War II. He drew them originally for "Stars and Stripes", the U.S. Army's newspaper, and many a picture annoyed top brass who wanted to censor him for tweaking the officers' naiveteabout combat or their privileges in rear areas. He wrote the text for folks back home, explaining the background of incidents inspiring his black-and-white palette, and trenchantly sketched out the character of the average infantryman fighting the great crusade. To dogfaces, talk of the "cause" was alien; surviving was the only form of winning. Mauldin's book epitomizes their war. A time-proven and memorable contemporary piece.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393050318
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 223,699
  • Product dimensions: 9.52 (w) x 6.24 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in 1921, Bill Mauldin squeezed several lifetimes into his eighty-one years. In addition to cartooning, he acted in Hollywood movies, ran for Congress, piloted airplanes, wrote several books and hundreds of articles, and won two Pulitzer Prizes, the first for his wartime cartoons. He died in 2003.

The distinguished historian Stephen E. Ambrose is the author of several best-selling books on World War II and was an editor of the Eisenhower Papers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    Highly recommended

    According to the WW11 Veteran that received and loved this book, it is accurate and written with obvious first had knowledge.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2000

    Still great after 55 years.

    My aunt bought this book for ($3) in 1945 and enjoyed it. When I got old enough to understand about WWII, I read the book, too. The cartoons gave me a better understanding of how the soldiers felt about the war. I think kids should read these cartoons to learn about the war.

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