Brave Men

Books on Tape. May 2023. 19:29 hrs. ISBN 9780593683972. $95. HIST
Famed war correspondent Pyle’s (Ernie Pyle in England; Here Is Your War) 1944 collection of dispatches from the front lines of World War II is now available in audio. This volume includes an introduction by biographer David Chrisinger and covers Pyle’s travels across Sicily, Italy, and France, ending with his time in the South Pacific. At the peak of his popularity, Pyle’s column was published in over 200 daily and 400 weekly publications, reaching over 12 million Americans. He became the most famous, loved, and trusted of any American war correspondent and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished war correspondence in the weeks leading up to D-Day. Sadly, just when the war was near its end, Pyle was killed in Okinawa in 1945. His dispatches describe what he called a “worm’s eye” view of the war, enabling readers to understand the gruesome realities of combat. His writing paved the way for live frontline video reporting during the Vietnam War. Narrator and actor Michael Brainard’s well-enunciated, matter-of-fact style pays homage to the historical significance of Pyle’s remarkable work.
VERDICT Pyle’s words bring out the humanity in the soldiers, communicating their bravery without resorting to gory or sensationalistic descriptions. This collection of heartfelt reports, sensitively conveyed in audio, is highly recommended.
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