JOURNEY INTO WAR by John MacVane

JOURNEY INTO WAR

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The NBC foreign representative does his bit by the North African campaign in pages which are divided equally between the diplomatic and the military conquest. The first half covers background on the split French interests and personalities; then the State Department's play for Vichy, the strict censorship of the people's antipathetic reactions, the Darlan appointment which was not ""military necessity"" and which he sharply castigates, the assassination and the railroaded reprisals, with further diplomatic confusion and popular disillusion to follow. On to the campaign itself, the first battle schooling of the Yanks at Kasserine Pass, the first real Allied offensive culminating in the drive on Tunis with MacVane and three other correspondents entering the city in advance of the troops. An adequate job, but the material is no longer news, though no other correspondent has ""gone to town"" so frankly on the Vichy deal.

Pub Date: Nov. 19th, 1943
Publisher: Appleton-Century