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Up Front
     

Up Front

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by Bill Mauldin
 

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A reissue of the 1945 classic book of text and drawings with a spectacular new foreword by Stephen E. Ambrose. Up Front is one of the most famous books to emerge from the Second World War and remains an icon of the "greatest generation." In his drawings of the infantry dogfaces Willie and Joe, done while he himself fought in campaigns in Sicily and Italy,

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A reissue of the 1945 classic book of text and drawings with a spectacular new foreword by Stephen E. Ambrose. Up Front is one of the most famous books to emerge from the Second World War and remains an icon of the "greatest generation." In his drawings of the infantry dogfaces Willie and Joe, done while he himself fought in campaigns in Sicily and Italy, Bill Mauldin created the immortal archetypes of the American fighting man. He knew, as one who had been on the front lines and in the trenches, that Willie and Joe--with their unshaven faces, their gallows humor, their fortitude, and their dislike of privilege and cant--exemplify something enduring and noble about Americans at war. Up Front is a vivid piece of living history and a potent reminder of the sacrifices of the men who fought and won our greatest war.

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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
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553231045
Publisher:
Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/20/1983

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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Up Front 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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.