By John B. Romeiser
Not anyone bore witness larger than Don Whitehead . . . this quantity, deftly combining his diary and a formerly unpublished memoir, brings Whitehead and his reporting again to lifestyles, and 21st-century readers are the richer for it.-from the Foreword, by way of Rick AtkinsonWinner of 2 Pulitzer Prizes, Don Whitehead is among the mythical newshounds of worldwide struggle II. For the linked Press he lined nearly each very important Allied invasion and crusade in Europe-from North Africa to landings in Sicily, Salerno, Anzio, and Normandy, and to the force into Germany. His dispatches, released within the fresh Beachhead Don, are treasures of wartime journalism.From the autumn of September 1942, as a freshly minted A.P. journalist in big apple, to the spring of 1943 as Allied tanks closed in at the Germans in Tunisia, Whitehead saved a diary of his stories as a rookie strive against reporter. The diary stops in 1943, and it has remained unpublished beforehand. again domestic later, Whitehead all started, yet by no means complete, a memoir of his notable lifestyles in combat.John Romeiser has woven either the North African diary and Whitehead's memoir of the following landings in Sicily right into a shiny, unvarnished, and fully riveting tale of 8 months in the course of probably the most brutal wrestle of the struggle. the following, Whitehead captures the fierce scuffling with within the African wasteland and Sicilian mountains, in addition to infrequent insights into the day-by-day grind of reporting from a warfare sector, the place tedium alternated with terror. within the culture of cartoonist invoice Mauldin's memoir Up entrance, Don Whitehead's robust self-portrait is destined to turn into an American vintage.
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He wanted ten. ‘‘To hell with you,’’ Frank said. ’’ He walked away. The grumbling driver followed us up the street. He took the eight piastres with a snarl. 16081$ $CH2 04-30-07 11:24:58 PS PAGE 32 Cairo Journal, October–November 1942 33 ‘‘They try to gouge Americans for twice the regular fare,’’ Frank said. ’’ During lunch, the beggars and peddlers crowded to the window for alms and to sell their wares. A baboon performed on the window ledge. A woman begged for coins while a child nursed at her bared breast.
Robert Myers, a South Carolinian who honestly believed it was his job to help the correspondents clear the hurdles of censorship and who had the courage to fight for his convictions. Unfortunately, men like Myers were in the minority and too often public relations was used by the army as a convenient catch-all for incompetents who had neither the desire nor the intelligence to be realistic. Once outside Saint-Loˆ in Normandy I took shelter in a ditch with the troops during an enemy bombardment of the road leading into the town.
Far below the shadow of our plane sailed over the jungle like a wraith. Sometimes the shadow was silhouetted on the clouds—and then it was ringed by a rainbow halo. 50 as holder of the lucky inning in which the winning run was scored. The ticket I drew was ‘‘Yankees—7th’’. The Cards won 4–3 in the 8th. The British Guiana airport looked small in the jungle but the captain set our plane down as gently as a feather floating from a featherbed, with yards to spare on the runway. m. tomorrow for Natal.