Up Front

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2000 - Art - 228 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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This is a small book, easy to read. - Goodreads
His cartoons are humorous, and so is his writing style. - Goodreads
A historical insight, not worth rereading. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Nef Apps - Goodreads

I own the copy my father gave me, after WWII - it's rich with period sarcasm and dry gritty humor. Read full review

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User Review  - Kennyo - Goodreads

The truth of the combat soldier lies in these pages. It's a wry humor that overlays the horrible reality of war at the front. Read full review

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Born in 1921, Bill Mauldin squeezed several lifetimes into his eighty-one years. In addition to cartooning, he acted in Hollywood movies, ran for Congress, piloted airplanes, wrote several books and hundreds of articles, and won two Pulitzer Prizes, the first for his wartime cartoons. He died in 2003.

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