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Alan Moorehead was a newspaper correspondent in World War II, celebrated as a master of reportage. This is his narrative of the last years of the war, throughout which he was constantly at the heart of the conflict: from the Italian front, to exhorting D-Day troops with Montgomery, on the beach for De Gaulle's return to France, preceding the forces into Paris to find Hemin ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Soho Press (first published 1988)
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Some of the best first person war reportage Ive ever read. The great scenes of WWII on the western front from a first row seat. Some amazing little moments while history is playing itself out around him. I could read Alan Moorehead right the phone book. Written months after the war ended, its a bit handicapped to contemporary audiences for not knowing stuff that would come out later, takes the unalloyed heroic view of Monty, and scoffs at the Germans being so freaked out about the idea of gettin ...more
A very well written first person account of the Second World War. The author, wo wrote it just months after the end of the war, realy puts you in his shoes. Let's you walk, where he walked, let's you see what he saw. A must-read.
This journalist's view of the Allied campaign in Europe is a good mix of the soldiers' everyday wartime efforts, the civilians' plight and the strong personalities of those in command. It does a good job of showing how devasting and destructive many years of war can be on those who suffered through it, but also shows how sometimes human kindness peeks through the utter chaos and gives us a glimpse of hope among the ruins.
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Alan Moorehead was lionised as the literary man of action: the most celebrated war correspondent of World War II; author of award winning books; star travel writer of The New Yorker; pioneer publicist of wildlife conservation. At the height of his success, his writing suddenly stopped and when, 17 years later, his death was announced, he seemed a heroic figure from the past. His fame as a writer g ...more
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