#shortBookReviews By-Line: Ernest Hemingway (Articles and Dispatches 1920-56), Ed. White

By Jason Criss Howk

17 February 2019

These reviews serve a simple purpose: to tell you what is in the book and why you might want to read it.  All books selected for review are recommended reading…I’m not reviewing books just because they are new, but instead because they are valuable.

By-Line: Ernest Hemingway (Selected Articles and Dispatches of Four Decades), Edited By: William White, Scribner’s 1967

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One of the writers who influenced my writing (don’t blame him for my failures) is Ernest Hemingway.  I like his short and direct method of painting a mental image for you.  This book is no exception.  In his life, when not assembling award-winning books, he covered global events reporting for The Toronto Star, Esquire, and Colliers among other periodicals.

If you want a front row seat to the rise of fascists in Italy and Germany, to smell the mud of the refugee caravans as they leave Turkey, or to understand the Spanish civil war—this is your book.  (White has helped us immensely by choosing critical events covered by Hemingway from 1920-1956.)

I always find first-hand accounts a valuable tool for assessing foreign affairs; how humans react to and describe events is raw and emotional, too often missing from modern analysis of death and destruction.  You don’t have to get emotional, but you need to understand the emotions of an event to give it context.

“I’m sorry about the lice, Monsieur, but what do you expect? This is not Paris.” -Balkans Guest-house Manager, page 60

Hemingway is a master of this form.  His articles and dispatches are concise and full of insights too often missed today.  I recommend this book for journalists, diplomats, humanitarians, and military members. If you need to write and want to convey a clear image and feeling, then you need to learn this format.

The fact that he often threads in fishing or drinking into his reports is not a disqualifier for this Florida-boy. I admit I am lucky that my college President is also a Hemingway fan and veteran…we understand each other.

Also check out his archive at the Toronto Star

http://ehto.thestar.com/

I’ll be honest I have about 20 Hemingway-related books to recommend so we are not done with this topic.

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Dispatches from Pinehurst now offers #shortBookReviews for you.  These reviews will be concise and hopefully useful…no author critiquing, no opining on the shortcomings of the book, no literature reviews of similar books on the topic. 

These reviews serve a simple purpose: to tell you what is in the book and why you might want to read it.  All books selected for review are recommended reading…I’m not reviewing books just because they are new, but instead because they are valuable.

Some of these books challenged me and changed my thinking during my life—I hope they can help you.  Some taught me about issues I didn’t understand and others highlighted how great leaders make challenging decisions that shape history. Maybe most importantly, many books give examples of humans that disagree on policy issues (domestic and foreign) but work wisely with their ideological opponents to find solutions.

I hope you enjoy these reviews, and welcome your suggested books for review or your own short book reviews for publication here on DFP.          first.mentor14@gmail.com

Respectfully, Jason

Author of the Award-Winning Book– The Qur’an: A Chronological Modern English Interpretation.

https://oldstonepress.com/library/quran/

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