Two “voices” from ‘The War’

Selected Chaff book coverKen Burns documentary “The War” has aired this week. When possible we’re watching, and recording the programs.

The “voices” that are becoming the most important to me are Tom Hanks’ voice of Al McIntosh, owner and editor of The Rock County Star Herald and Ernie Pyle’s columns. McIntosh regularly wrote of the life in the Luverne, Minn. during the time of the war. The excerpts are very strong written in an underplayed style that passes on the dignity and routine of the folks back home.

Ernie Pyle is much better known for his columns written of the life of the soldier in Europe and for living the life of the soldiers. In the series, Pyle’s columns are read by Kevin Conway.

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