Reporting War

Reporting War

How Foreign Correspondents Risked Capture, Torture, and Death to Cover World War II

Book - 2017
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Journalists Ed Murrow, Martha Gellhorn, Walter Cronkite, and Clare Hollingworth were among the young reporters who chronicled World War II's daily horrors and triumphs for Western readers. In this book, Ray Moseley, himself a former foreign correspondent who encountered a number of these journalists in the course of his long career, mines the correspondents' writings to relate, in parallel narrative, the events across every theater--Europe, Pearl Harbor, North Africa, and Japan--as well as the lives of the courageous journalists who doggedly followed the action and the story, often while embedded in the Allied armies. Moseley's broad and intimate history draws on newly unearthed material to offer a comprehensive account both of the war and the abundance of individual stories and overlooked experiences, including those of women and African-American journalists, which capture the drama as it was lived by reporters on the front lines of history.
Publisher: New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [2017]
ISBN: 9780300224665 (alk. paper)
0300224664 (alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 070.44994 MOS
Characteristics: xiii, 421 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates ; 24 cm


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Oct 18, 2018

World war II was covered by radio & newspapers. Independent reporters biggest enemy was arbitrary to untrained censors with blue pencils rather than the enemies. Secondary enemies were sexist military officers denying female reporters & odd paranoid radio operators.
Many were shot, knifed, taken prisoner, inadvertently lynched, play partisan leader (Hemingway) instead of reporting to fired by proxy via thin skinned egotistical Stalin demanding second peace ceremony & delaying peace by 24 hours.
A lot suffered physical & mental trauma.
Humbling tone by author who belatedly realized some of the war reporters were his co-workers when he first started his career.


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