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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The first biography of Bill Mauldin, who was a young (22) soldier in World War II when the cartoons he was contributing to "Yank" and "Stars and Stripes" began attracting notice from soldiers ... Read full review

Bill Mauldin: a life up front

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DePastino (history, Waynesburg Coll., Pittsburgh; Citizen Hobo) offers the first biography of Mauldin, creator of the wildly popular cartoon strip Upfront, which featured ordinary GIs Willie and Joe ... 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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