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Liebling's war : World War II dispatches of A.J. Liebling /
edited by James Barbour, Gary Scharnhorst, and Fred B. Warner.
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, c2010.
xix, 272 p. ; 24 cm.
0826349056 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780826349057 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, c2010.
0826349056 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780826349057 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
pt. 1. 1939-1940 -- Toward Paris : 1939 -- Merry Christmas, Horrid New Year -- Colonel Albatross -- Letter from Paris, 14 April 1940 -- Letter from Paris, 21 April 1940 -- The knockdown -- Letter from Paris, 24 May 1940 --- Letter from Paris, 1 June 1940 -- Who do not fight, but run away -- A man falling downstairs -- pt. 2. 1940-1942 -- No place like it -- Rape is impossible -- It showed nice instincts -- Dev's double -- Westbound tanker -- pt. 3. 1942-1943 -- Toward a happy ending -- Birds of my country -- The foamy fields -- Gafsa -- Under the acacias -- pt. 4. 1943-1944 -- Quest for Mollie -- Cross-channel trip -- Letter from France, 14 July 1944 -- Letter from France, 20 July 1944 -- Letter from France, 4 August 1944 -- Letter from Paris, 1 September 1944 -- pt. 5. 1955-1958 -- Tickey-boo on Easy Red -- Days with the Daydaybay -- The navel of the Loire.
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Appeared in Choice on 2011-10-01:
Barbour, Scharnhorst, and Warner (all, English, Univ. of New Mexico) gather some of New Yorker writer A. J. Liebling's best work as a war correspondent. They structure the book chronologically, from Liebling's time in France at the war's beginning in 1939, through his escape from France just before the Wehrmacht marched through the boulevards of Paris in 1940, to the liberation of the City of Light in 1944. Included are well-known pieces, for example, "Quest for Mollie," and pieces not as famous, such as "A Man Falling Downstairs" (which describes Liebling's escape from Paris). But what makes this book different from other books--and valuable--in the war-memoir genre is the breadth and variety of the coverage. Rather than concentrating on a particular subject (like Ernie Pyle, who focused on GIs), Liebling extended his coverage to, for example, the airmen in North Africa, and he gives the D-Day perspective from a landing craft that sustained casualties among the crew. The war dispatches ended with the liberation of Paris in 1944, but the book ends with a section of reminiscences Liebling wrote in the mid-1950s, which puts the liberation in perspective. Those interested in literary journalism will particularly appreciate this volume. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates; professionals; general readers. J. Marren Buffalo State College
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Bowker Data Service Summary
This text gives us the World War II narrative Liebling would have produced had he been amenable to the task of editing his own dispatches - a task he resisted because of the difficulty of trying to organize something as 'repetitive and disparate' as war.
Main Description
"There is an old proverb," A. J. Liebling wrote, "that a girl may sleep with one man without being a trollop, but let a man cover one little war and he is a war correspondent." The only reason Liebling is not well known as a war correspondent is that his war dispatches have been overshadowed by his postwar New Yorker writings. This book gives us the World War II narrative Liebling would have produced had he been amenable to the task of editing his own dispatches--a task he resisted because of the difficulty of trying to organize something as "repetitive and disparate" as war. The New Yorkersent Liebling to Paris in October 1939 to cover the war in Europe. The assignment lasted through the liberation of Paris and a few weeks thereafter, and here for the first time Liebling's war dispatches, as fresh today as they were seventy years ago, are arranged to form a coherent narrative. The editors have grouped the dispatches into five parts that trace the development of the war in Europe and end with a retrospective coda. When Liebling arrived in Paris the Germans had not yet invaded. This first section of the book covers the period before the German invasion and concludes with the fall of France in 1940. The next section concludes with the American entry into the war after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Part III covers the North African campaign. Part IV describes the Normandy invasion and the Allied push to liberate Paris in the summer of 1944. The coda concludes with the three essays written when Liebling returned to France in the mid-1950s and revisited the invasion and the push for Paris and its liberation. "It's the kind of writing that looks easy, except that very few war correspondents have ever done it so well."--Charles McGrath
Table of Contents
Forewordp. XI
Introductionp. XII
Toward Paris: 1939p. 3
ôMerry Christmas, Horrid New Yearöp. 10
Colonel Albatrossp. 18
Letter from Paris, 14 April 1940p. 22
Letter from Paris, 21 April 1940p. 24
The Knockdownp. 26
Letter from Paris, 24 May 1940p. 39
Letter from Paris, 1 June 1940p. 42
Who Do Not Fight, But Run Awayp. 46
A Man Falling Downstairsp. 54
No Place Like Itp. 67
Rape Is Impossiblep. 72
It Showed Nice Instinctsp. 77
Dev's Doublep. 84
Westbound Tankerp. 90
Toward a Happy Endingp. 103
Birds of My Countryp. 110
The Foamy Fieldsp. 113
Gafsap. 142
Under the Acaciasp. 159
Quest for Molliep. 169
Cross-Channel Tripp. 191
Letter from France, 14 July 1944p. 221
Letter from France, 20 July 1944p. 224
Letter from France, 4 August 1944p. 229
Letter from Paris, 1 September 1944p. 233
Tickey-Boo on Easy Redp. 239
Days with the Daydaybayp. 244
The Navel of the Loirep. 266
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