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Brave Men

4.39  ·  Rating Details ·  1,044 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews


Europe was in the throes of World War II, and when America joined the fighting, Ernie Pyle went along. Long before television beamed daily images of combat into our living rooms, Pyle’s on-the-spot reporting gave the American public a firsthand view of what war was like for the boys on the front. Pyle followed the soldiers into the trenches, battlefields, field hospitals,
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Hardcover, 328 pages
Published May 1945 by Grosset and Dunlap (first published 1944)
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Diana
Sep 16, 2009 Diana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, war
A frank and honest depiction of the reality of front-line warfare in the second World War and the soldiers that fought it through the eyes of celebrated journalist Ernie Pyle. A legend even at the time for his camaraderie with the average enlisted men in the infantry, navy, air force, artillery, and others with whom he slogged through mud, huddled in foxholes, and chatted through countless sleepless nights, his descriptions are vivid, real, and poignant more than fifty years later. Building thro ...more
Jeffrey Zygmont
May 10, 2012 Jeffrey Zygmont rated it it was amazing
This collection of dispatches from renowned WWII correspondent Ernie Pyle can grow almost tedious and repetitive at times, because it deals solely with the experiences of U.S. soldiers fighting the Germans, first in north Africa, then in Sicily and Italy, and finally in Normandy, France. But the book faithfully redeems itself and steps back from the brink of tedium, first by its organizational structure, which changes focus to different branches of the Service and different military occupations, ...more
Land Murphy
Nov 03, 2011 Land Murphy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic. To read this book is to understand why soldiers love Pyle. He understood them, and he told it like it was. Pyle does not describe the big picture of the war in Europe. He describes the day-to-day experiences of the GI. The infantry. The artillery. The air corps. The tankers. They are all here. Anyone with an interest in World War II must read this book.
Joe Rodeck
Wish I could rate this higher though it's not Ernie Pyle's fault. This compendium of all Pyle's WWII columns from the front cries for a "best of" treatment. By the time I had to go through trench foot for the fourth time, I was ready to quit. Get's too redundant.

Pyle's writing is great. Good sense of humor and irony. OTOH, you can tell he was under very strict 1940's editorial control.
Joel
Oct 20, 2008 Joel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: aspiring journalists and lovers of history and good writing.
Shelves: military-history
Pyle was what all journalists aspire to be, or should. He was succinct, funny, gritty, spared no details, honest, and kind. His writings were above all else poignant about what was happening in World War II and to whom it was happening. This book is a collection of his writings that he sent back from the front. For all intense and purposes, he was a soldier who wrote.
Sonny
Dec 02, 2008 Sonny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the first and one of the all-time best of the "embedded reporters." Pyle became at one with the front lines and the units around him. The man traveled everywhere and even began to become a victim of the conflicts. Ernie's prose is magnificent and an inspiration to any would-be journalist. It is a shame that it is not required reading, these days...
Vina
Feb 16, 2017 Vina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a gathering of the columns of war correspondent Ernie Pyle. It's an up close and personal look at World War II from a fellow who took his typewriter and went right to the front with the soldiers. The sections have headings such as Personalities and Asides, Light Bombers, Beachhead Fighters and Stand By. A bit from Beachhead Fighters.
Noah Miller
Brave Men, by Ernie Pyle, is a collection of articles written by the author who was a famous war correspondent, in the European Theater of War, during World War Two. Ernie spent time on the front lines with the average, everyday soldiers who were fighting the war so he could share with the American people what things were really like for their loved ones so far away. He wanted the people back home to understand what soldiers went through every day and the sacrifices they made.

In Brave Men, Ern
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J.S.
Jan 22, 2011 J.S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wwii
An excellent compilation of newspaper columns written by WWII war correspondent Ernie Pyle from the fighting in Europe and published in 1944. Pyle was killed the following year on Iwo Jima, but he was especially popular for his intimate style of reporting that focused on the perspective of soldiers instead of the generals.

He says about D-Day: "I want to tell you what the [invasion] entailed, so that you can know and appreciate and forever be humbly grateful to those both dead and alive who did
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Jane
Mar 11, 2016 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ernie Pyle, the noted WWII correspondent, wrote about Brave Men and proved he was one of them. It is sad to realize that after he finished this book and returned to the US, he subsequently was killed in the war in the Pacific the following year. Part memoir of his travels with the US Army from North Africa, through Italy, and then onto the D-Day invasion of France, this book also served as an excellent instructional guide about how the army functioned, including the various aspects of a fighting ...more
Jeff Anderson
Nov 21, 2016 Jeff Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had heard a great deal about Ernie Pyle, but I had never read much of his writing. From talking to those who experienced his time, I understand that he was revered for getting down in the trenches with the soldiers and sharing their experienced with the "folks back home." I suppose that is why he was really revered, because while many of the reporters were talking about troop movements and generals, Ernie tells about the every day experiences. A parent reading Ernie's description of an artille ...more
Chris
Sep 16, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As one of World War II's more prolific writers, one can only be amazed at how the clarity, truthfulness, and quality of his writings continued to strengthen through out the War. This book, "Brave Men," is his omnibus. It is with great sadness that I have sat and wondered what it would have been like to read his personal memoirs as well the many unwritten stories in the deep recesses of his mind, had he been able to outlive the tragedy that was WWII. For those of you not so familiar with his life ...more
Robin Hobb
This book is a gathering of the columns of war correspondent Ernie Pyle. It's an up close and personal look at World War II from a fellow who took his typewriter and went right to the front with the soldiers. The sections have headings such as Personalities and Asides, Light Bombers, Beachhead Fighters and Stand By. A bit from Beachhead Fighters. "That particular tank had everything in it from much-handled comic books to a pocket edition of the Bible. I saw old socks, empty tobacco cans, half cu ...more
Grant
May 03, 2013 Grant rated it it was amazing
I've read a lot of Ernie Pyle's columns over my years of study. Many anthologies of World War II writing have one of his pieces, and Dr Carol Reardon assigned a collection of his best work when I was her student in her American Military History course at Penn State. This, however, was the first time I read a body of his work as it appeared to contemporary readers. My copy, inherited from a family friend, was printed in 1944 and is laid out in a double-column format and with small print, to save ...more
Kione
Mar 03, 2008 Kione rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've bean reading this book for a whole year.
It's basically articles put together from the paper that Ernie wrote for during WWII, about the solders and battalions that he toured with.
I tore through the first half and then stopped cold. It was becoming sad as to how many people Ernie had known in a short period; to live with, to work with and to see die.
I had to stop. He experienced everything every soldier was going through and living through it. And in the the way that Brave Men was written, E
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dan
Oct 24, 2007 dan is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Ernie Pyle was a WWII journalist. He has a nice, plain style, and is very patriotic and clearly loves being in the middle of the action. It's very different than the journalism we see now in the Iraq war, but the 40's were a different time and WWII was a different war, and all of those things come through in the book. He's completely uncritical of the military and war in general, which bothers me a little, but he's so in love with the experience and the people around him, and he has such an amia ...more
Mac McCormick III
Oct 10, 2016 Mac McCormick III rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military
I've read about Pyle, but never read any of his books before I read Brave Men. Pyle's affection and respect for the common soldier, sailor, and airman is readily apparent and he gives more of a micro-account of the war from their level than he does a macro-perspective from the level of the general staff. This is a great choice for getting an idea of what it was like both at and behind the lines for those at the pointed end of the spear during World War II.
7$MartyQ
Aug 21, 2016 7$MartyQ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truly The Greatest Generation

This is the story of the men who
were on the front lines of the most terrible war of modern times, and the men who fought in it. Their very day to day existence was tenuous at the best. Yet they fought on to free the world of an incredible tyranny. Their sacrifices were daily and constant, and yet they prevailed against a brutal enemy. Small wonder then that they should be known as "The Greatest Generation."
Jon Shinefeld
Apr 04, 2015 Jon Shinefeld rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
War is waged by ordinary people from big cities and small towns, each of whom has a life with meaning. People unlike you and me - whose children and grandchildren will never be placed in harm's way - commit war. Moving stories of these people and how they retained their humanity in cruel, harsh conditions.
John Wilkins
Mar 22, 2012 John Wilkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Brave Men was a gift to me by a close friend, and my introduction to Ernie Pyle, one of the greatest journalists who ever lived. Ernie's theater was WWII, and it's hard to think of a reporter who comes anywhere close to Pyle's prose that captured an era so hauntingly well. Thank you, Ernie. We will never forget you, your service, and your typewriter. --jw
Ruth Ann
Nov 12, 2010 Ruth Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pulled this from the box of books from my father-in-law's house. An excellent read starting with the WWII invasion prelude into Sicily (June, 1943) and ending in France (September, 1944). Great descriptions of individuals, the environment, and the logistics of moving troops through Italy and France. Ernie shapes the image of WWII for the American public.
David Chabot
Jun 16, 2016 David Chabot rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I could give this book 7 stars, I would. Ernie Pyle is a legend among a very prestigious circle of war correspondant who changed the face of history. With his poignant and personnal insights into the daily lives of regular men thrown into a world of hurt, Pyle makes the reader a part of the conflict intimately. One of the best books about the war I ever read, just read it!
karl
Jul 11, 2008 karl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs and world war 2 interests
I'm reading this right now. Its been a long read, not because its bad, no, actually its an amazing read. Its tough to read though. Pyle has an amazing ability to get you in the foxholes with "the greatest generation." I have to read this slowly and in small bits, because if I read it for long periods of time I have a hard time sleeping. I'm serious.
Jack
Nov 30, 2016 Jack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ernie Pyle at his best.

If you're ever feeling sorry for yourself, read this book. Ernie Pyle describes, as only he could, the hardships that a generation of young Americans endured. Their courage in the worst of conditions was remarkable. You can't help being proud of them. It makes you realize how easy our lives are by comparison.
Simon Spero
I heard of a high British officer who went over the battlefield just after the action was over. American boys were still lying dead in their foxholes, their rifles still grasped in their dead hands. And the veteran English soldier remarked time and again, in a hushed eulogy only to himself, "Brave men. Brave Men!"
Sarah Sundin
Aug 01, 2012 Sarah Sundin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brave Men is a moving, realistic, and often humorous account of the US campaigns in Sicily and Italy.While so many books about World War II hover at the level of generals and politicians, Ernie Pyle's take you into the mud with the real men who fought. Pyle's affection and admiration for the average soldier, sailor, and airman shines in every word.
David
Nov 28, 2012 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Wonderful writing -- good journalism, good history. Very detailed, personal, poignant, vivid, humorous. (See other Goodreads reviews for more details.) I highly recommend. A valuable book. Everyone needs to read Ernie Pyle
Hope
Mar 04, 2014 Hope rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pyle was one of the most beloved journalists of the WWII era. This book details some of his experiences with G.I.s and manages to be heart breaking and heart warming at the same time. Wonderful writing.
George
Apr 15, 2012 George rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written during World War II by famed war correspondent Ernie Pyle based upon a compilation of his newspaper columns.

I found this a fascinating and entertaining read and can understand why his columns were so popular with home front American readers. Provides a soldier's view of the war.
Fredrick Danysh
May 20, 2012 Fredrick Danysh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, biographies
Ernie Pyle was a combat correspondant during World War II. He wrote about the men who did the actual fightingnduring the war and told their story. Like many of the men he wrote about, Pyle made the supreme sacrifice. A good historical read.
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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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