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Title:
Yank : World War II from the guys who brought you victory
Author:
Kluger, Steve.
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Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1991.
Physical Description:
xii, 356 pages ; 25 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780312046750
Format :
Book

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Booklist Review

In time for the fiftieth anniversary of American participation in World War II, this volume presents the cream of the work of the soldier-correspondents of the official army magazine Yank. It includes the work of both the famous (Ernie Pyle, Irwin Shaw, and Andy Rooney) and the obscure, and gives a soldier's-eye view of many aspects of the war. Although an official publication, Yank did not ignore issues such as officers' privileges and race relations; hence, the collection emerges in equal parts as valuable military history, social history, and journalistic retrospective. Bibliography. ~--Roland Green


Publisher's Weekly Review

Written by enlisted men for enlisted men (contributors included William Saroyan, Irwin Shaw, Merle Miller), weekly Yank magazine offered a freewheeling kaleidescopic view of WW II in operational theaters, reserve areas and training camps. The combat reports offer few surprises after nearly half a century. Typical of the noncombat articles is one explaining to bewildered GIs the ``Most Unfathomable'' home-front craze: Frank Sinatra. Screenwriter Kluger's compilation includes samples of fine doggerel and verse from ``The Poets Cornered'' section; the submissions in the ``What's Your Problem?'' feature will be appreciated by veterans of all wars, for the gripes are timeless. Most interesting are the letters to the editor, especially one from a black soldier stationed in Arizona asking why he had to eat in a restaurant's kitchen while German POWs enjoyed their meals in the dining room. This richly illustrated collection captures the fears, hopes and dreams of the soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen who served in the Big One. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Between 1942 and 1945, Yank magazine was read by GIs and sailors in every theater of the war. Now, in this compilation of the best of Yank , World War II vets and nostalgia buffs will find the feature articles, the GI letters to the editor, the poems, cartoons, and action photos that captured the mood of an era. Remember George Baker's ``Sad Sack'' cartoons? Ready to reread Irwin Shaw, William Saroyan, and Andy Rooney? Or looking for examples of good, hard-hitting wartime reporting from World War II? For general collections with a strong emphasis on World War II.-- Abraham Z. Bass, Northern Illinois Univ., DeKalb (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.