Amidst the bombs, bullets, and blood of World War II, those who reported on the war were not spared by the enemy. In Assignment to Hell, Timothy M. Gay tells the stories of five war correspondents—Walter Cronkite, Andy Rooney, A.J. Liebling, Homer Bigart, and Hal Boyle—who witnessed the war against Hitler’s forces firsthand.
Cronkite left behind a wife in Kansas City to extoll American fliers braving the skies over the Third Reich. Rooney was a smart-aleck draftee who found himself covering the war for Stars and Stripes. The New Yorker’s Liebling turned his back on a pampered Manhattan lifestyle to trudge through the deserts of North Africa and the hedgerows of Normandy. Bigart, of the Trib, reveled in covering battles “from the cannon’s mouth.” The Associated Press’ Hal Boyle won the admiration of combat grunts with his infectious humor, salty language, and flask of whiskey.
Together, these intrepid journalist placed themselves in the line of fire, all the while filing newspapers and magazines on the home front with their unique, unforgettable prose. Assignment to Hell is a vivid, exciting tribute to five men who forged an image of the American fighting man for an entire generation.
Hardcover Book : 528 pages
Publisher: Putnam Berkley Pub. Group ( May 01, 2012 )
Item #: 13-567518
Product Dimensions: 6.0 x 9.0 inches
Product Weight: 25.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Not that I didn't enjoy the book but for me it jumped around in different time periodes and with the different reporters. It was not easy to keep it all in context. I enjoyed the insights into the journalists charactes and habits and personal lives. It could have been tied together much better than it was.
Reviewer: Mark L