Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 370 pages
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“The real war,” said Walt Whitman, “will never get in the books.” During World War II, the truest glimpse most Americans got of the “real war” came through the flashing black lines of twenty-two-year-old infantry sergeant Bill Mauldin. Week after week, Mauldin defied army censors, German artillery, and Patton's pledge to “throw his ass in jail” to deliver his wildly popular cartoon, “Up Front,” to the pages of Stars and Stripes. “Up Front” featured the wise-cracking Willie and Joe, whose stooped shoulders, mud-soaked uniforms, and pidgin of army slang and slum dialect bore eloquent witness to the world of combat and the men who lived—and died—in it.This taut, lushly illustrated biography—the first of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Bill Mauldin—is illustrated with more than ninety classic Mauldin cartoons and rare photographs. It traces the improbable career and tumultuous private life of a charismatic genius who rose to fame on his motto: “If it's big, hit it.”
  

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Review: Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front

User Review  - David Schwinghammer - Goodreads

BILL MAULDIN: A LIFE UP FRONT begins with thousands of WWII veterans coming to see Bill at a nursing home in California where he is suffering from Alzheimer's. He stares off into space until one of ... Read full review

Review: Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front

User Review  - Rob Lightner - Goodreads

This charming book highlights the life of a man I'd only heard about through occasional Peanuts cartoons. I suppose I had dimly known that Bill Mauldin was a WWII cartoonist, but I had no idea that he ... Read full review

Contents

He Was Our Champion
1
Maneuvering
51
Going
85
Doing Battle
121
A War Gallery
155
Coming Home
201
Starting Over
243
Fighting On
287
Acknowledgments
327
Permissions
353
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About the author (2008)

Todd DiPastino teaches at Waynesburg College.

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