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Here Is Your War (Common Reader Classic Bestseller)

4.39  ·  Rating Details ·  384 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
Here Is Your War collects, in the full-length form in which they were individually filed, Ernie Pyle's legendary 1942 news columns about fighting on the North African front, the American army's first big campaign of World War II. Concentrating on the common soldier, Pyle's dispatches appeared in three hundred newspapers back home and became an essential link between the na ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers (first published 1943)
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Oct 20, 2008 Joel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of history and good writing and to aspiring journalists.
Shelves: military-history
This is a book form of Pyle's experiences on the ground in the front with the common combat soldier. Through Pyle's writings he has a clear love and admiration for the soldier and it drips from every page and is highly contagious. You find yourself laughing, longing, even loving the soldiers on the pages as well. The sadness does not escape his writing. It punctuates each happy moment with the reality of war and how senseless and tragic it is. Pyle does not get near the recognition he deserves, ...more
Nov 20, 2014 Annie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, wwii
This book is amazing. It was published during the war (1943) by a war correspondent who lived with the soldiers. He tell of what the day to day life was like for the American soldiers in Africa from November 1942 through June 1943, and he tells it in such a personal relaxed style that it is almost like reading a letter he has written to you. As far as first hand accounts go this is one of the most engaging I have read, and it leaves me (once again) so unutterably thankful for those men and what ...more
Oct 19, 2013 Stacey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-bio
Enjoyed reading an accounting of the North African theatre during WWII written real time by a coorespondant on the ground with the U.S. Army. Unlike a lot of books I've read about WWII, this one is at the ground level and brings home the reality of the boys/men fighting for our country. Since Mr. Pyle was a coorespondant, his writing was geared towards making those on the homefront understand what is going on with their troops, but at the same time, not scaring them, so it may seem like a more s ...more
Jan 05, 2012 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a compilation of articles Pyle wrote about and during the Allied invasion of Africa in 1942 through the defeat of the Axis armies there in mid-1943. Pyle writes from the front much of the time and his perspective is that of the men and women in the ranks--he refers to only two generals in the course of this book, but repeatedly quotes nurses, enlisted men, NCOs and a smattering of lower-ranking officers. It's an engaging, unusual history of the first U.S. ground campaign of World Wa ...more
Sarah Sundin
May 23, 2011 Sarah Sundin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
During the Allied campaign in North Africa, journalist Ernie Pyle hung out with GIs and generals. His writing is engaging, and his love for the common soldier shines through. This book is a true gem covering stories both hilarious and heartbreaking.
Miles Watson
May 16, 2017 Miles Watson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A compilation of the best of Ernie Pyle's war reportage from the North African campaign in WW2, this covers the period between the U.S. army landing in French-occupied Morocco and Algeria in November 1942 and the final surrender of Axis forces in Tunisia in April of 1943. Ernie Pyle did a tremendous job of covering the whole process of invasion, occupation, advance, retreat and final victory, never bothering with the "big picture" but sketching a massive and enduring portrait of the war as it wa ...more
Jun 16, 2012 Christy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: africa
In a nutshell:

Ernie Pyle was a war correspondent in World War II who was well-known and well-loved for his columns that depicted the war experiences of the ordinary soldier.

Pyle was an embedded reporter, preferring to do his job near the front and pitching his tent right alongside the infantrymen. Here is Your War chronicles the American troops at the North African front – primarily Algeria and Tunisia. The book starts with the convoy trip from London to Africa and ends with the victory in Tunis
Feb 02, 2013 Bob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You'd think that as both a WWII junkie and a newspaper guy I'd have read Ernie Pyle before. I've read a few of the war correspondent's columns in anthologies, but never the bulk of his work until I came across two of the three collections of his famed syndicated columns in book form at an antique store.

So, 70 years after Pyle sent his stories from North Africa back to the 300 newspapers who ran his stuff, I ate up "Here Is Your War."

Pyle's brisk newspaper prose, the short, tight sentences, the r
Nishi Giefer
Feb 07, 2017 Nishi Giefer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ernie Pyle, World War II correspondent, lived the life on the front lines. By his own admission, his job was not to report on the "Big Picture" of the War. Rather, he told the story of the grunts who were sleeping in water-filled foxholes, flying unheated fighter planes at high altitudes for hours, spending three or four days in an offensive without sleep or food. Reading these accounts makes all the "little stuff" we complain about seem totally inconsequential.

Ernie's writing style was conversa
Rick Ludwig
Ernie Pyle's name is familiar to anyone who has studied the American contribution to World War II. But those, like me, who were born after the war and therefore after Ernie's death on April 18, 1945 on an Island in the Pacific Theater of War, never had the opportunity to read his newspaper columns from the front. In this book, Ernie combines dispatches and other thoughts from early in the war, focusing on the Battle for Tunisia in North Africa. His frank reporting and camaraderie with men at the ...more
Suzanne Auckerman
Sep 05, 2015 Suzanne Auckerman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read a later edition than the one described in Goodreads. The forward was by James Mustich, Jr. I have always been curious about Ernie Pyle, but never have taken the time to learn much. This book explains his popularity. It is one of four books he wrote about WWII.

Given the state of media at the time of WWII, you can see his appeal as he travels with the forces. He knew the people personally and mentioned them in his columns. This book is about the US invasion into North Africa and fighting t
Sep 03, 2014 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was somewhat slow going for me - fiction always goes faster. And this is journalism, really, and meant to be read in short bites. It's a fascinating first-hand account of WWII in northern Africa from an American perspective. It is very of its time, and of the war, and I kind of loved it for that. It brought you both to exactly where the men fighting were psychologically and physically and also to what it must have been like to be back in America reading about it from writers like Ernie Pyle ...more
Brian Page
Jun 29, 2014 Brian Page rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a writer! Why isn’t Ernie Pyle accounted as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th Century? Why are his dispatches not included in the collections of short stories we study in school? His prose is sublime. "Here is Your War" is amazing. Pyle’s descriptive powers are unbelievable; and more importantly, his sentiments are deep, heartfelt, and touching. It is easy to understand how at his death by sniper bullet on some island in the Pacific he was mourned by all who read his newspape ...more
Steven Rundlett
May 29, 2013 Steven Rundlett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ernie Pyle was one of the very best and most widely read of the war correspondents in WW2. This is a compilation of his stories from the campaign in Tunisia. Pyle lived in the field with the regular "joes", sharing their dangers and hardships, writing their personal stories. And boy, could he write! You feel the cold, the dust, the fear, and the humor of life on the line. Pyle loved the GIs and they loved him. He named them and their hometowns in his columns so the folks back home could read abo ...more
May 02, 2011 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about the Tunisian campaign of Nov 1942 to June 1943. But it is not about the campaign per se. It is the story of the grunts, the infantry men, the fliers, the engineers, the medic and the nurses; all those who did the actual work. Much of the book talks about life in camp and there is one very interesting chapter about the challenges of moving men and equipment to a new front. Pyle also covers the people, customs and countryside of Tunisia. It is a very accessible book and an easy ...more
May 21, 2016 Joann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a series of dispatches sent by journalist Ernie Pyle from the front of World War II in Northern Africa. It is sad, uplifting, humorous, and most of all, real. In his late 40s, Ernie Pyle left his safe home in the US and went to Africa to live in the sand and the the wind and the heat and the cold, sleeping on the ground just as the men did. He paints a picture of war from ground level that you're not soon to forget.
Shane Gower
Sep 27, 2015 Shane Gower rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It felt like I was living in my hometown back during the war and reading Pyle's weekly column about how the war was progressing. I was amazed to read about a Sergeant Ralph Gower and another soldier from Maine in this book. You really come away with a sense for how ill prepared for war we were, and what it was like to be a soldier in North Africa back before the US became the military juggernaut it is today.
Jan 25, 2013 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pyle is an amazing writer who really has an affinity with his subject. He'll write about generals, but his real link is with the Air Force fighter crews and the infantry. He makes you feel like you are there. You get the whole picture of war - the boredom, the sacrifice, the anger, the cold, the absolute fear and frustration.
May 15, 2010 Louis rated it liked it
Shelves: history, war, read-in-2011
A collection of articles written by the Pulitzer Prize winning reporter. Interesting to see how reporting has changed in the last 60 years.Recommend to anyone with any interest in World War II or historical writing.
William Moran
I have a first edition copy, 1943 printed for the People's Book Club with illustrations by Carol Johnson . Ernie Pyle has long been one of heroes and my favorite journalists , this -- his finest work.
A journalist's candid retelling of soldiering life in North Africa during WWII. It's really a series of loosely-connected vignettes, but Pyle provides a very clear image of the American mindset and the day-to-day facts of warfare.
Apr 19, 2007 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I love WW2 history this book is a gem. Ernie Pyle expertly captures the feeling of the common soldier. The book I have is an original from 1943. It was givin to me by my girlfriends' grandma as a Christmas gift.
Jun 20, 2009 Sean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YES
Recommended to Sean by: no one
Shelves: history
A collection of Pyle's newspaper work. very easy read. The collection was laid out in chronological order of events and put emphasize on the individual story telling. It helps fill in some of the cracks in some of the history of WWII.
Cindy Stephens
Apr 09, 2016 Cindy Stephens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been very impressed by Ernie Pyles's writing style. He gave World War II a personal feeling by writing about the soldiers, where they are from, what they went through, and what they were feeling.
Aug 10, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A interesting view of the war by a man who was there and lived it. He knew and talked about a wide spectrum of soldiers for the lowest private to the General. I believe he was "real" in his descriptions. I enjoyed the book. I read a 1945 edition given to me by my Aunt many years ago.
Dec 24, 2014 Cortney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A simple, straightforward account of a war correspondent and his observations with the troops and about war itself during WWII.
Jul 12, 2008 Frank rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes very slow, but overall, an interesting look at the day to day life of a soldier in Africa.

'embedded journalists. pfaah!
Jerry Della
May 26, 2009 Jerry Della rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Story of African campaign in WWII from invasion of Algeria and war in Tunisia November, 1942 to Summer, 1943
Mar 30, 2012 MisterFweem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For my review, go here. Very good book for WWII buffs.
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Ernest Taylor Pyle was an American journalist who wrote as a roving correspondent for the Scripps Howard newspaper chain from 1935 until his death in combat during World War II. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1944.

His articles, about the out-of-the-way places he visited and the people who lived there, were written in a folksy style, much like a personal letter to a friend. He enjoyed a following in
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