Once There Was a War
Introduced by Janine di Giovanni
The first illustrated edition of Steinbeck's absorbing dispatches for the New York Herald Tribune.
In 1943 John Steinbeck joined the New York Herald Tribune as a war correspondent. He was a celebrated novelist, but a novice reporter, keen to adapt his skills to the task ahead. Attached to a programme in which small units of American soldiers raided Mediterranean beaches, he travelled first to England, where he recorded the experiences of soldiers and civilians, writing from troopships, bomber stations, army bases and from London during the Blitz. In North Africa, he watched the soldiers as they trained for action in Italy, before boarding a Landing Craft Infantry with them and reporting from the battlefield itself.