Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front (Google eBook)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jun 15, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
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“A deeply felt, vivacious and wonderfully illustrated biography.” —Clancy Sigal, Los Angeles Times Book Review

A self-described “desert rat” who rocketed to fame at the age of twenty-two, Bill Mauldin used flashing black brush lines and sardonic captions to capture the world of the American combat soldier in World War II. His cartoon dogfaces, Willie and Joe, appeared in Stars and Stripes and hundreds of newspapers back home, bearing grim witness to life in the foxhole. We’ve never viewed war in the same way since. This lushly illustrated biography draws on private papers, correspondence, and thousands of original drawings to render a full portrait of a complex and quintessentially American genius.


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User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

While I prefer reading autobiographies to biographies. But, I've always been intrigued by Bill Mauldin. When I found this book on the library 'for sale' rake I couldn't resist picking it up for a ... Read full review

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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


Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
A War Gallery
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight

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About the author (2009)

Todd DePastino is the author of Citizen Hobo: How a Century of Homelessness Shaped America and Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front, and the editor of the cartoon collections Willie & Joe: The WWII Years and Willie & Joe: Back Home. He teaches history and writes and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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