By John Lardner,Alex Belth
At a time while few american citizens had visited Australia, journalist John Lardner sailed down below with the U.S. militia as one of many first American conflict correspondents within the Pacific theater. along with his very good humorousness and reward for narrative, Lardner penned vignettes of MacArthur’s arrival and his reception in Melbourne and a flight with the bold Dutch flier Capt. Hans Smits. extra usually, Lardner wrote concerning the usual day and the typical individual. touring in the course of the kingdom, in Southwest Passage Lardner bargains a glimpse of Australia within the Nineteen Forties and generates heat and admiration for international warfare II opponents within the Pacific, no matter if Australian, New Zealander, aboriginal, or American.
For generations of readers who've realized approximately global battle II with the advantage of hindsight, Lardner’s tone, sort, and chosen issues provide greater than simply interesting anecdotes concerning the army within the Pacific; they're a view into the tradition and society of midcentury America.
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