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Date with History

Ernie Pyle: The Man Who Told the Truth about World War II

Thursday, October 5, 7 pm
Free event, no parking fee

Author David Chrisinger will join us to discuss his recent publication, “The Soldier’s Truth: Ernie Pyle and the Story of World War II”. At the height of his fame and influence during the Second World War, Ernie Pyle’s nationally syndicated dispatches from the front lines helped shape America’s understanding of what the war felt like to ordinary soldiers, as no writer’s work had before — or since. From North Africa to Sicily, from the beaches of Anzio to Normandy, and on to the war in the Pacific, where he would meet his untimely end, Pyle had a genius for humanizing the soldiers he met overseas by capturing the full gamut of emotions and experiences they were enduring. In his latest book, The Soldier’s Truth: Ernie Pyle and the Story of World War II, acclaimed writer and writing instructor David Chrisinger brings Pyle’s journey to vivid life in all its heroism and pathos.

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About the Author: David Chrisinger is the executive director of the Public Policy Writing Workshop at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy and the director of writing seminars for The War Horse, an award-winning nonprofit newsroom dedicated to reporting on the human impact of military service. He is the author of several books, including Stories Are What Save Us: A Survivor’s Guide to Writing about Trauma and Public Policy Writing That Matters, which received the 2022 National Council of Teachers of English George Orwell Award.

About Date with History

Our Date with History series, now in its 16th year, features presentations by authors, historians, documentarians, and veterans on a variety of military history topics. Visit Cantigny or attend online to connect with these experts in a lecture and Q&A format.

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