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Preview — Bill Mauldin by Todd DePastino
Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front
A self-described “desert rat” who rocketed to fame at the age of twenty-two, Bill Mauldin used flashing black brush lines and sardonic captions to capture the world of the American combat soldier in World War II. His cartoon dogfaces, Willie and Joe, appeared in S ...more
After reading this book I had a good deal more respect for Maudlin and his methodology of jumping onto fires to se ...more
Cartoonist Bill Mauldin’s drawing of a weeping Abraham Lincoln from his Lincoln Memorial chair captured the emotion of a nation when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
That Mauldin was able to get to the core of human feelings shouldn’t have been surprising to those who had been able to literally be in the foxholes with soldiers during World War ...more
The theme of this book is that you can g ...more
Author DePastino then shows us how Bill moved from a hell-raising kid living on a mountain in New Mexico to STARS AND STRIPES cartoonist and premier morale booster of World War II. DePastino shows us Mauldin's undaunted will to succeed. Prior to WWII, h ...more
It starts with discussing Mauldin's rather itinerant upbringing in the southwest ...more
Every critic who reviewed A Life Up Front welcomed this biography; apart from Mauldin's own memoir, Back Home (1947), it is the first full-length biography of the man. Because DePastino was the first to provide such a work, critics were inclined to be forgiving even when they found failings, such as a focus on career over personal life. The book's sympathetic subject and engaging illustrations couldn't have hurt either. While a few reviewers suspected DePastino of hero worship, they also appreci...more
The book, I think, is at its best when it displays Mauldin's cartoons with annotations beneath them; it gives us a chance to see his work and get a feel for its context. Much of Mauldin's WWII work hasn't aged well in that it's hard to "get" ...more
This book, which depicts Mauldin warts and all, is illus ...more
I loved this book. Every page had something funny, unexpected or shocking. Bill Mauldin was a modern Huck Finn -- rebellious, outspoken, defiant, with enormous compassion for the downtrodden and no fear of authority at all. Magnif ...more