Dubbs, Chris. American Journalists in the Great War: Rewriting the Rules of Reporting. Univ. of Nebraska. Mar. 2017. 312p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780803285743. $34.95. COMM
Some American journalists became experienced war correspondents while covering conflicts such as the Spanish-American War, Russo-Japanese War, and the Mexican Revolution. Since the United States was neutral at the onset of World War I in 1914, journalists were free to cover all sides of the conflict. Many of these war correspondents simply had a passport, a letter from an editor, and a gift of talking their way out of jail for spying. The correspondents sought to tell the story of the massive and destructive nature of this new type of warfare, which included machine guns, trench conditions, and staggering numbers of dead soldiers. Military historian Dubbs (America’s U-Boats) melds these stories into one coherent narrative. The reporters documented the entire war, alongside soldiers and generals from German, British, French, Belgian, and Russian armies. A chart allows for keeping track of the names listed. VERDICT Recommended for those interested in journalism, World War I, early 20th-century history, and nonfiction storytelling.
Moseley, Ray. Reporting War: How Foreign Correspondents Risked Capture, Torture and Death To Cover World War II. Yale Univ. Feb. 2017. 440p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780300224665. $32.50; ebk. ISBN 9780300226348. COMM
Veteran European correspondent for the Chicago Tribune Moseley writes about the journalists who covered World War II. With chapters on geographic location and chronology, the book begins with Germany’s invasion of Poland in 1939 and the first years in the European Theater, including astonishing accounts of the journalists who flew in dangerous missions over Germany. The narratives move on to Pearl Harbor and the Pacific Theater while also touching upon battles in North Africa and Russia. One of the most heart-wrenching chapters concerns the discovery of concentration camps as Germany is overrun by Allied and Russian troops. Throughout the war, journalists had to withstand harsh conditions, possible capture, torture, and even death. Moreover, the censorship they endured as they wrote their stories became increasingly frustrating as the war progressed. Moseley concludes with D-Day in 1944, the fall of Germany, and the surrender of Japan. VERDICT A thorough volume for journalism and World War II collections, and for readers interested in tales of bravery.