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by Steve Kluger

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Written by enlisted men for enlisted men (contributors included William Saroyan, Irwin Shaw, Merle Miller), weekly Yank magazine offered a freewheeling kaleidescopic view of WW II in operational theaters, reserve areas and training camps. The combat reports offer few surprises after nearly half a century. Typical of the noncombat articles is one explaining to bewildered GIs the ``Most Unfathomable'' home-front craze: Frank Sinatra. Screenwriter Kluger's compilation includes samples of fine doggerel and verse from ``The Poets Cornered'' section; the submissions in the ``What's Your Problem?'' feature will be appreciated by veterans of all wars, for the gripes are timeless. Most interesting are the letters to the editor, especially one from a black soldier stationed in Arizona asking why he had to eat in a restaurant's kitchen while German POWs enjoyed their meals in the dining room. This richly illustrated collection captures the fears, hopes and dreams of the soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen who served in the Big One. (Nov.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Between 1942 and 1945, Yank magazine was read by GIs and sailors in every theater of the war. Now, in this compilation of the best of Yank , World War II vets and nostalgia buffs will find the feature articles, the GI letters to the editor, the poems, cartoons, and action photos that captured the mood of an era. Remember George Baker's ``Sad Sack'' cartoons? Ready to reread Irwin Shaw, William Saroyan, and Andy Rooney? Or looking for examples of good, hard-hitting wartime reporting from World War II? For general collections with a strong emphasis on World War II.-- Abraham Z. Bass, Northern Illinois Univ., DeKalb

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St. Martin's Press
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