The definitive biography of the greatest cartoonist of the Greatest Generation.âThe real war,â said Walt Whitman, âwill never get in the books.â During World War II, the truest glimpse most Americans got of the âreal warâ came through the flashing black lines of twenty-two-year-old infantry sergeant Bill Mauldin. Week after week, Mauldin defied army censors, German artillery, and Pattonâs pledge to âthrow his ass in jailâ to deliver his wildly popular cartoon, âUp Front,â to the pages of Stars and Stripes. âUp Frontâ featured the wise-cracking Willie and Joe, whose stooped shoulders, mud-soaked uniforms, and pidgin of army slang and slum dialect bore eloquent witness to the world of combat and the men who livedâand diedâin it. This taut, lushly illustrated biographyâthe first of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Bill Mauldinâis illustrated with more than ninety classic Mauldin cartoons and rare photographs. It traces the improbable career and tumultuous private life of a charismatic genius who rose to fame on his motto: âIf itâs big, hit it.â
About: Traces the World War II military service of the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of the popular 'Up Front' cartoon, offering insight into his work's reflection of soldier life, in an account that features more than ninety classic cartoons and rare photographs.
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