"My men always fought better when Ernie was around." Gen. Omar Bradley _________________ The pen (and I admit it, I'm gay for quality writing utensils) is a limited OD edition @tuffwriter Precision Series pen - ribbed for my pleasure. It uses thixotropic ink in a hermetically sealed cartridge and is pressurized to over 30psi. They say it'll function at altitude up past 12,500' but I'm a lazy ass so you prob'ly won't see me testing that claim. Seriously nice inkstick tho.
The book is a biography of one of the greatest journalists who ever lived: Ernie Pyle. Many people are unaware that Pyle almost did not become a correspondent. The draft board had him scheduled to take a commission in Air Intelligence, Army Air Corps. He then battled illness and depression until the campaigns in North Africa gave him a purpose. In 1942 he wrote, "Today is my birthday. Just an old broken down, washed up forty-two-year-old sonovabitch. Wonder if I'll ever be forty-three, and if so, why?" Later he met with Edward R. Murrow, General Eisenhower, Gen. Doolittle and others, ultimately arriving in Algeria in January 1943, covering Bomber Command. Before too long, however, he was in Tunisia and there made the acquaintance that would forever after define him -- the infantryman.
As he wrote in those early days, "...there are great tragedies, unbelievable heroics, even a constant undertone of comedy. It is the job of us writers to transfer all that drama back to you folks at home. Most of the other correspondents have the ability to so it. But when I sit down to write, here is what I see instead: Men at the front suffering and wishing they were somewhere else, men in routine jobs just behind the lines because they can't get tot he front, all of them desperately hungry for somebody to talk to besides themselves, no women to be heroes in front of, damn little wine to drink, precious little song, cold and fairly dirty, just toiling from day to day in a world full of insecurity, discomfort, homesickness, and a dulled sense of danger..." #willrogerswascorrect #readingisfundamental #warriorsshouldbescholars #infantry Get a copy here:http://amzn.to/29ktTan #goodreadsandgear