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Reporting World War II, Volume 2 by Samuel…

Reporting World War II, Volume 2

by Samuel Hynes (Editor), Mazal Holocaust Collection

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Excellent. I especially appreciated the entirety of Bill Mauldin's _Up Front_ and the long New Yorker piece on the Hiroshima survivors. ( )
  kcshankd | Sep 7, 2016 |
Mostly excellent. There were a few selections that were more reporter-centric then I would have preferred, but then it is a book about reporting WW II.

Liebling, Pyle, and the Tarawa account stand out. ( )
  kcshankd | Aug 30, 2016 |
This volume is probably just as good as volume 1, but I enjoyed it less. That's in part because almost 200 pages in the middle of this volume are from Bill Mauldin's book Up Front. While his cartoons are terrific, the text he wrote to go with them feels over-folksy and contrived.

More broadly, the articles in this second volume are increasingly grim, reflecting a couple trends. First, as the war went on, military censors allowed journalists to report more graphic accounts of battles and their aftermath, so a number of these pieces are quite bloody. Secondly, I think the experience of war, and the ghastly reality of concentration camps, finally numbed many of the correspondents. In the first volume, the journalists are horrified by what they are seeing, but the effort to come to terms with it leads to thoughtful or probing analysis. By the last half of the war, I think many of the journalists were simply coarsened or overwhelmed, and were reporting exactly what they saw with much less capacity to find deeper meanings in it. Some of the more self-aware writers -- Ernie Pyle, whose columns are magnificent; Robert Sherrod; and Martha Gellhorn -- seem to say as much. Pyle, in August, 1944: "For some of us the war has already gone on too long. Our feelings have been wrung and drained; they cringe from the effort of coming alive again."

The volume ends with a wise but difficult selection, John Hershey's article on the bombing of Hiroshima, which filled a full issue of the New Yorker in August 1946. The piece tracks the experiences of six residents of Hiroshima (and, more broadly, their relatives and neighbors) in the hours, days, and weeks following the dropping of the atomic bomb. Placed at the end of the volume, the article debouches the reader into a new, morally ambiguous and more complex post-war world. ( )
  bezoar44 | Jan 10, 2009 |
One of the best anthologies to come out of WWII. This second volume begins with Ernie Pyle reporting from Italy in 1944 on how it feels to wait for an attack and ends with John Hersey on the bombing of Hiroshima. In between we have Homer Bigart on the signing of the formal surrender on board the USS Missouri: Brendan Gill's incomparable interview with a young bombardier home on leave after 25 missions over occupied Europe; Ernest Hemingway on his return to Paris and Martha Gellhorn on board the first hospital ship taking wounded off the coast of Normandy. Superb eye-witness reporting. ( )
  seoulful | Jan 12, 2008 |
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