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Harold Ross must have been playing a crazy-ass hunch when he sent A.J. Liebling to cover the Second World War for the New Yorker. To look at him, Liebling wasn’t anyone’s idea of a war correspondent: a fat, four-eyed bon vivant, he was already easing his way into a rumpled middle age when the war came along. More problematically, he wasn’t, shall we say, conspicuous for his physical courage (a fact he was upfront about and, like Falstaff, turned into a joke). On the other hand, he spoke fluent F ...more