Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front

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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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I knew nothing about Bill Mauldin except that he was a World War II cartoonist and that he also drew the “Crying Lincoln” cartoon following the death of JFK. What a story and what an amazing man! He ... Read full review

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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


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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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