MANY A WATCHFUL NIGHT by Lt. John Mason Brown


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This differs sharply from his earlier book in which the actual texts of his broadcasts from the bridge to the men below decks told their own story. Dealing with the invasion of the coast of Normandie, this includes occasional paragraphs from the new broadcasts, but the bulk of the material is (1) a personal experience story; (2) a rather tenuous, discursive survey of the implications of invasion. The moods of our British hosts; our own response -- the morale of the waiting troops -- first impressions of France -- occasional wanderings in the field of grand strategy. Quite frankly, I felt it was a distinct drop in reading interest, in value as a record. Others (Wertenbaker, Pyle, Tobin) have already done it better. Brown's name will, however, attract a substantial market. But his is not the gift of a first rate reporter.

Pub Date: Nov. 27th, 1944
ISBN: 1162763132
Publisher: Whittlessey House