The Soldier’s Truth Ernie Pyle and the Story of World War II

New Books Network
By David Chrisinger
14 Apr 23

Ernie Pyle, a legendary journalist and war correspondent, was widely considered one of the greatest chroniclers of World War II. His dispatches from the front lines provided readers with a window into the lives of ordinary soldiers, humanizing the war and its impact in a way that no other writer had achieved before or since. The Soldier’s Truth: Ernie Pyle and the Story of World War II (Penguin, 2023) by David Chrisinger provides a deep and poignant exploration of his life through an unprecedented capturing of the chaos of the acclaimed journalist’s life journey. Pyle’s dispatches from the war zones during the height of his fame and influence provided readers with an understanding of the experiences of ordinary soldiers that no other writer had achieved before or since.

Pyle had a gift for connecting with soldiers and capturing their struggles, and his stories left an indelible mark on his readers, shedding light on post-traumatic stress long before it was recognized as a diagnosis. The book highlights Pyle’s heroism and pathos, chronicling his journey with sensory immediacy and a powerful understanding of both the external and internal landscape.

Chrisinger, who has experience helping veterans and trauma survivors come to terms with their experiences through storytelling, brings empathy and insight to his exploration of Pyle’s life and work. He weaves in his own travels across the landscapes that Pyle wrote about, many of them still marked by battle scars.

The Soldier’s Truth is a moving tribute to an ordinary American hero whose impact on the war is still not fully understood, and a powerful account of the war’s impact and how it is remembered. The book offers an essential contribution to our perception of war and how we make sense of it.

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Connor Christensen is a graduate student at the University of Chicago, pursuing both an MPP at the Harris School of Public Policy and an MA at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Prior to his current studies he served five years in the US Navy and studied History at Saint Louis University’s Madrid, Spain campus. His work focuses on the reintegration process of veterans of the military and non-state armed groups in contexts spanning the US, Colombia, Afghanistan, Somalia, and beyond. He is a staff writer for the Chicago Policy Review and a contributing researcher at Trust after Betrayal. He welcomes collaboration, so feel free to reach out on LinkedIn or at his email,

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