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Here Is Your War (Common Reader Classic Bestseller)

4.38 of 5 stars 4.38  ·  rating details  ·  273 ratings  ·  32 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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Annie G.
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
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
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
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.
Suzanne Auckerman
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
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
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
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
Brian Page
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
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
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.
He writes in ordinary unfiltered prose about extraordinary deeds and soldiers. I feel so, not knowing what was, in fact, censored. I just wish we had had such a writer in the Pacific.
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
i thought this book is amazing because i had the 1945 printing version
A simple, straightforward account of a war correspondent and his observations with the troops and about war itself during WWII.
Steven Rundlett
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
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.
Jun 20, 2009 Sean rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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.
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.
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.
Great first person account of a "worm's eye view" of the life of the front line grunts in the North African Campaign in 1942-43. I liked it, this book.
Stephen Hartshorne
Ernie Pyle is my favorite writer. You can find many brilliant columns at the University of Indiana website dedicated to him.
For my review, go here. Very good book for WWII buffs.
Jerry Della
Story of African campaign in WWII from invasion of Algeria and war in Tunisia November, 1942 to Summer, 1943
Sometimes very slow, but overall, an interesting look at the day to day life of a soldier in Africa.

This book makes a person feel good about the young people defending us in war.
Interesting account of Ernie's following the troops in Northern Africa, 1943
Soldiers in war, personal, and real written by 10 authors
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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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