THE PACIFIC IS MY BEAT by Keith Wheeler
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THE PACIFIC IS MY BEAT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Chicago Times correspondent, sent to the Southwest Pacific soon after Pearl Harbor, lived from December through May aboard cruiser, carrier, destroyer, in and out of engagements, experiencing as an observer, apprehensive at times, what made up the life of the fighting men. Then to Dutch Harbor and resistance in the mud against Jap attack and strongholds until October. In February 1943, back to the North again, through the taking of Amchitka, 26 days on Attu and the ""abbatoir"" of Chicag of Valley...On the spot reporting, of front page news, which covers not only ships, fliers troops, but the practical end of war wherever things were cooking...An Ernie Pyle of the Pacific War Zone, for again there is a lifting of the anonymity of the fighting man; but he's an Ernie Pyle with tougher typewriter...He calls it ""an amateur's report of an amateurs' War"" and it has little to do with strategy or tactics of the overall picture, but plenty to do with the men who are in the thick of it...Good material -- good reading.

Pub Date: Nov. 4th, 1943
Publisher: Dutton