Here Is Your War

Ernie PYLE

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"THE ORDINARY ENLISTED MAN'S THOUGHTS": FIRST EDITION OF HERE IS YOUR WAR, 1943, SIGNED BY ERNIE PYLE

PYLE, Ernie. Here Is Your War. New York: Henry Holt, (1943). Octavo, original brown cloth, original dust jacket.

First edition of this collection of writings by America's most beloved war correspondent about the plight of American G.I.s fighting Germans in North Africa during World War II, signed by Ernie Pyle, who was killed in the war in early 1945.

"Ordinary soldiers, in addition to a reading public estimated to number 13 million at the peak of his success, revered Pyle because of his humor, sensitivity, warmth, sense of camaraderie, and eagerness to share their mud-and-blood dangers. His unique style combines detail and terseness, objective evaluation, humor, and poignancy. Many World War II correspondents concentrated on politics, the 'big picture,' and strategies and tactics. Others analyzed postwar implications of wartime decisions. Still others clung to high and mighty persons and sketched their personalities. Among Pyle's near-peers, Ernest Hemingway, Edward R. Murrow, and William L. Shirer may be named. Pyle almost exclusively sought to interpret the ordinary enlisted man's thoughts and behavior" (ANB). On April 19, 1945, just months before the end of the war, "Ernie Pyle died… just west of Okinawa, like so many of the doughboys he had written about. The nationally known war correspondent was killed instantly by Japanese machine-gun fire" (New York Times). First edition, first printing: with no statement of edition or printings on the copyright page. Owner signature.

Text fine, scant wear to rear inner paper hinge; light edge-wear, faint soiling, tiny open tear to front panel of bright price-clipped dust jacket. A handsome copy.

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