AMATEURS AT WAR by Ben Ames Williams


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I suppose that it is not surprising that the present war should turn our thoughts back to our fighting men in other wars. There was the Matthew and Wester, Our Soldiers Spech (Little, Brown -- report page 15); there was THE LIFE OF JOHNNY REB, by Bell Irwin Wiley (Bobbe-Merrill -- report page 50) -- both excellent jobs of selection and organization of source material in the form of letters, diaries, etc. This book differs from the others in showing ""fighting men doing their jobs"" in Army, Navy, Marines and Air Forces, from the Indian Wars to the present. Individual forays, victories and defeats, a series of stirring yarns written by leaders, by men in the ranks, by correspondents, each extract introduced with a foreword setting the scene for episode and narrator. Fine editing job, grand masculine book in its vigorous pictures of the American way in war.

Pub Date: May 20th, 1943
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin