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Weller's War

A Legendary Foreign Correspondent's Saga of World War II on Five Continents

by George Weller

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Walter Cronkite called him "one of our best war correspondents." His stories from Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Paci?c during World War II won him the Pulitzer Prize. Now, George Weller is immortalized in a collection of fearless, intrepid dispatches that crisscross a shattered globe. Edited by his son, Weller's War provides an eyewitness look at modern history's greatest upheaval, and also contains never-published reporting alongside excerpts from three books. From battlefront to beachhead, Weller incisively chronicles the heroism and humanity that still managed to triumph amid horri?c events.

Following the Nazi seizure of Eastern Europe and his own "quarantine" in Greece by the Gestapo, George Weller accompanies Congolese troops freeing Ethiopia for Haile Selassie. He remains in doomed Singapore until the colony falls. On Java, he watches brave American ?ghter pilots delay the island's collapse. Strafed by Japanese planes, he escapes by small boat to Australia. He covers the Paci?c, from the Solomon Islands to the jungle hell of New Guinea. Back in Europe he sees a liberated Greece beset by civil war, then crosses the Middle East. In Burma, he risks guerrilla raids behind enemy lines. At the war's close, he hurries from China to a defeated but uncowed Japan, where new horrors await.

And he struggles throughout against a tireless adversary—censorship. Vivid and heart-stopping, the dispatches of World War II reporter George Weller are as intimate, memorable, and relevant today as they were nearly seventy years ago—and demonstrate what it meant to be a foreign correspondent long before the era of satellite phones and the Internet.

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"Starred Review. This anthology, edited by his son, should give him the recognition his work merits." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Adds scope, analysis and emotional immediacy to a critical body of history." - Kirkus Reviews

"... Shrewd and verbally pictorial, Weller's wartime articles constitute a rewarding reminder of his prominence... " - Booklist

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George Weller

George Weller wrote for the Chicago Daily News for 35 years winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1943. Anthony Weller previously edited First into Nagasaki: The Censored Eyewitness Dispatches on Post-Atomic Japan and Its Prisoners of War, a book of his father's unpublished dispatches from post-surrender Japan.

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