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Ernie Pyle's War


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Prologue: "And So It Is Over"

1. "I Wanted to Get Out..."

2. "A Nice Little Column"

3. "A Slightly Used Secondhand Man..."

4. "In It to the Hilt..."

5. "I'll Just Drift with the War..."

6. "The Number-One Correspondent..."

7. "The Ghastly Brotherhood..."

8. "An Awful Knowledge..."

9. "You Alone Are Left Alive..."

10. "The Pyle Phenomenon"

11. "An End to This Wandering"

Epilogue: "What I See"

Appendix: An Ernie Pyle Sampler


A Note on Sources



About the Author

James Tobin is a prizewinning reporter for the "Detroit News." A Pulitzer Prize nominee, he earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


"This is the portrait of a complex, enormously gifted but tortured writer . . . but it is much more: few books about combat journalism have so vividly depicted the fascinating interactions between war correspondents, soldiers and folks back home. . . . World War II was quintessentially Ernie Pyle's war, and Mr. Tobin brilliantly explains why." -- The New York Times Book Review
"James Tobin's magnificent new biography of Pyle should do much to renew the luster of his name and revive interest in his extraordinary work. . . . This clear-eyed, unsentimental, beautifully written biography is a classic worthy of the man it celebrates." -- The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"What makes this biography so fascinating . . . is the story of Pyle himself, a man seemingly driven by demons and nagged by self-doubt who accomplished so much. . . . Anyone with an interest in the power of the written word will be intrigued -- and will lament that Pyle was the sort of character unlikely to be seen again." -- The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Barely a half century ago Ernie Pyle was one of the most famous people in America . . . both the chronicler of the common man and its embodiment. Now, five decades after his death from Japanese fire on a small island in the Pacific, Pyle has had the good fortune to fall under the scrutiny of a sympathetic, unsentimental and scrupulous biographer. . . . The result is a thorough, revealing book." -- The Washington Post Book World

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