Brave Men (1944)


First Edition of Ernie Pyle's Brave Men, 1944

Pyle, Ernie. Brave Men. New York: Henry Holt, 1944.

Octavo. Hardcover. 1st Edition.

First edition of this collection of Ernie Pyle's popular syndicated columns about his experiences in the European theatre during World War II, from the invasion of Sicily to the end of the Nazi occupation of France. Embedded with the American military throughout World War II, Ernie Pyle made a name for himself as a plain-spoken, Midwestern war correspondent who reported on World War II as it looked to the men (and women) fighting it. Known for his slight build and immediate candor with all he met, Ernie Pyle was quickly accepted and--to some extent--protected by each new unit he joined. Pyle was most at home with the infantry who he viewed as being responsible for the bulk of the fighting and dying. By the time these columns were written, Pyle had already been deeply affected by the war and his fatigue and stress were evident in much of what he wrote. These columns stand apart as much for their honesty as for their authentic view into the fear, humor, homesickness, and boredom that characterized life at the front. Bookplate. Contemporary pencil owner notation. Book fine, dust jacket with a couple faint stains to rear panel and only light wear to extremities. A near-fine copy.

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