Soldier of the Press: Covering the Front in Europe and North Africa, 1936-1943
Henry T. Gorrell (author) and Kenneth Gorrell (editor). Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2009. 314 pp. Illus. Index. $34.95.
Henry Gorrell, a United Press correspondent, offered eyewitness accounts of warfare across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. He also wrote a lengthy manuscript that was discovered in the attic of the family farmhouse after 60 years and edited by his distant cousin, Kenneth Gorrell. It appears here in print for the first time.
In the prologue, Henry Gorrell aptly summarizes his manuscript and gives generous insights to his views and personality. After returning from Spain in late 1937, he writes, "I observed the dilemma of my own people as the dictator's propaganda poisoned world public opinion. Americans were not ready to fight another war in Europe." Later he writes, "My capacity for getting into trouble has been just as much a motivating factor as actual journalistic qualifications."