During World War II, thousands of Americans read Ernie Pyle's accounts of the war; he was sent overseas with only one assignment: to write a story every day on whatever he could find. What came from that assignment was a best loved column that gave people an insiders view on the GI's fighting in Europe and later, the Pacific. Deciding to actually live the same life as the soldiers, he made beach-invasions with them, including Normanday and Iwo Jima, saw their battles and lived at their camps. He raised morale, supported the men he was working with and provided information in a time when he was sorely needed. After his death in the Pacific, he was mourned alongside Roosevelt. One of the greatest journalists, and one that laid the groundwork for later war correspondents, this engaging work on a little-known figure engrosses and informs, providing a window of light into the history of war media. 319 pages, indexed.