TO ALL HANDS by Lt. John Mason Brown


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Subtitled ""An Amphibious Adventure"" -- and unique among personal experience records. I don't believe anyone but John Mason Brown could give quite the twist to the blow by blow narrative of the Sicilian landing operation that he does. His loyal and devoted audiences will love it, for here is his subtle wit, his sense of drama, his turn of phrase, his ability to wisecrack without seeming smartalecky. And at the same time, he shares the experience of crossing in convoy, of the hourly tension, of the excitement of minor incidents, of the entrance to the Mediterranean, of the sight and sound and scent of the North African port, of the gathering of the vast forces of invasion, of the eerie approach to the Sicilian shore, of the pyrotechnique display once the forces were unloosed. And yet --with it all -- there's an odd sense of detachment from reality, as if he were reporting a play about the war rather than the war itself. For that reason it fails to have the emotional pull that some less literary but more human accounts have. His name -- and the originality of the approach (these are his loud speaker reports to the men below deck) -- and the 80 Navy photographs, paintings etc. all mean sales.

Pub Date: Nov. 8th, 1943
Publisher: Whittlesey House