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Journalism Ernie Pyle

Books about Ernie Pyle

compiled by Professor Owen V. Johnson

  • Pyle’s immediate boss, Lee G. Miller, wrote two books about Ernie: An Ernie Pyle Album: Indiana to Ie Shima (New York: William Sloane Associates, 1946) and The Story of Ernie Pyle (New York: Viking Press, 1950). For many years, the latter was the standard biography about Pyle.
  • The most detailed examination of Pyle today is James Tobin, Ernie Pyle’s War: America’s Eyewitness to World War II (New York: Free Press, 1997)
  • A loving book about Pyle is Rudy Faircloth & H. Horace Carter, Buddy, Ernie Pyle, World War II’s Most Beloved Typewriter Soldier (Tabor City, North Carolina: Atlantic Publishing Company, 1982)
  • For information about Pyle’s adopted home of Albuquerque, see Richard Melzer, Ernie Pyle in the American Southwest (Santa Fe: Sunstone Press, 1995)
  • Bob Bales, a step-relative of Pyle, has written Ernie Pyle: A Hoosier Childhood (Birmingham, Ala.: Rivendell Book Factory, 2002), a novelistic imagination of Pyle growing up in Indiana
  • There are two books about Pyle that were written specifically for children: Barbara O’Connor, The Soldiers’ Voice: The Story of Ernie Pyle (Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, Inc., 1996) and Ellen J.C. Wilson, Ernie Pyle: Boy From Back Home (Indianapolis: Bobbs Merrill, 1962)