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My War
Title : My War
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ISBN : 9781586480103
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 333

This is a Rooney's memoir of coming of age as a reporter and as a man during World War II - a story featured in The Greatest Generation - now in a hardcover gift edition. A first-hand account of one man's role in history, My War is a memoir from one of America's personalities. As a naive, young correspondent for The Stars and Stripes during World War II, Andy Rooney flew bThis is a Rooney's memoir of coming of age as a reporter and as a man during World War II - a story featured in The Greatest Generation - now in a hardcover gift edition. A first-hand account of one man's role in history, My War is a memoir from one of America's personalities. As a naive, young correspondent for The Stars and Stripes during World War II, Andy Rooney flew bomber missions, arrived in France during the D-Day invasion and crossed the Rhine with the Allied forces, traveled to Paris for the Liberation, and, as one of the first reporters into Buchenwald, witnessed the discovery of Hitler's concentration camps. Like so many of his generation, Rooney's life was changed forever by the war. Tom Brokaw featured Rooney's experiences in The Greatest Generation. Now, for the readers who would like to know the whole story, Rooney's own memoir, illustrated throughout with black-and-white photographs, is now available again in a hardcover edition.


My War Reviews

  • Jeni Enjaian

    A review from my old blogRooney's acerbic style, evident in his regular segment on 60 minutes, shows up in spades in this book.He describes his experience as a army newspaperman during WWII and does not hold back his opinion. He comes right out and says that he holds no respect for General George Patton.While I still prefer the rather more idealistic tone/view of Tom Brokaw's Greatest Generation I appreciate learning about the experience of another person who experienced this momentous series of [...]

  • Rod Barnes

    Loved his commentary on 60 Minutes. He brings his ascerbic wit to this memoir of his days as a war correspondent for the Army paper The Stars and Stripes in WWII. Nothing flip, though. The man flew with B-17 crews on bombing missions over Europe and had to seek cover while travelling with ground forces under fire following the invasion. No jingoism here: "Anytime anyone gets thinking patriotism is one of the supreme virtues, it would be a good idea to remember that there was never any group of p [...]

  • Hope

    I can sift through profanity in a good WWII story, but this book managed to be off-color yet barely interesting.

  • Anita Schweppe

    Some unneeded profanity and mean remarks about others. Lots of ego boosting for the author.

  • KennyO

    One man's experience in war, real war, is not the same as anyone else's experience. Rooney lived war first hand and documented that experience as well as anyone has done. He also learned and wrote about the experiences of others and described his means of doing so. This is not a history of any war, including the one that is its setting. This is not a book to be read casually. It is certainly going to clue you to what goes through the minds of men in and out of combat.

  • Mimiprice

    He's cynical, yet humorous.

  • Mila

    I enjoyed listening to Andy Rooney on the TV show 60 Minutes and his writing is just the same. I came away from this book with two memorable (and contrasting) sentences:"They were all my age. I think of the good life I have lived and they never had a chance to live. They didn't give their lives. Their lives were taken." p. xiii"One night several correspondents started making up limericks. The name of Collier's correspondent Frank Gervasi came up, and Hal Boyle had the winning limerick that night [...]

  • Rusty Henrichsen

    Picked this up thinking it would be light, enjoyable reading. Well, it was enjoyable, but light it was not. Rooney traces his feelings from conscientious objector to Nazi hater. He served as a correspondent for Stars & Stripes, first following the air war and the Eighth Air Force and after D-Day the land war from Normandy to the meeting of US and Russian forces at the Elbe River.While he was not a combatant, he did fly five missions on B-17s and on B-24's. On the first one, his plane was bad [...]

  • Steve Callahan

    A good book about the horrors necessitating our getting into WW2 without glorifying war and the military and all things American and waving the flag in our face. As Andy points out, imagine what it be like today if we did not choose to send troops to fight evil alongside the British and French in Europe. This is a generation that saw the worst man can do his fellow man and it was close up not missiles sent from a distance to an unseen enemy. He also states correctly that we remember our 20's and [...]

  • Christie

    With comic thoughts and observations mixed in with an interesting and exciting account of his life as an enlisted man and reporter for "Stars and Stripes" during World War II, Andy Rooney delivers a five star memoir. The story of his exploits at Fort Bragg was hilarious. He recounts the scenario of how a blow-up mattress that his wife sent him after he complained about how uncomfortable the beds were went unnoticed for several days until his Sergeant started to wonder how the quarter was bouncin [...]

  • Tony

    MY WAR. (1995; this ed. 2000). Andy Rooney. ***. This is a re-released edition from 1995, but with the addition of a forward by Tom Brokaw. It follows the adventures of Andy Rooney from his early school days to Hamilton, NY, where he was a student at Colgate. When he registered for the draft in 1940, he figured that he had a good chance of being passed by – his being a college student and all. Not so. He was drafted early on and sent to Fort Bragg. He managed to get himself on the staff of the [...]

  • Liz Waters

    Anyone who mourned the passing of Andy Rooney and miss his grounding views on the world at large on CBS's "Sixty Minutes" should read this book. It is the story of how Andrew Rooney, soldier, found his calling as Andy Rooney, writer and chronicler of world events. This young man, well-educated and full of acerbic wit and curiosity, joined the Army to "do his bit" for our nation in World War II. Chance landed him a gig writing for "Stars and Stripes", reporting the news for the fighting men.Stati [...]

  • Robert West

    I enjoyed reading My War. Andy Rooney writes like he talks on 60 min. with an easy-going, almost off-hand style. You trust that he is giving an honest and forthright narrative. The picture of the war is very graphic, always illuminating, sometimes painful even disgusting, and sometimes very uplifting. The details about the lives of pilots and the air war are particularly affecting. The sense of "being there"--seeing events as they happen (albeit from the comfort of an easy chair)is very compelli [...]

  • Timothy Bazzett

    Lately I've been reading stories about war, an unfortunate constant of human history, I'm afraid. Tales about WWII, or "The Last Good War" (a book I read many years ago), as Studs Terkel called it, abound, but I especailly recommend this one. My War, by Andy Rooney (yep, the same bushy-eyebrowed old grump you see on 60 Minutes every week), is a true gem, full of his homespun self-deprecating bits of humor and wisdom, along with the expected grim and grisly stories about the carnage that is war. [...]

  • Converse

    The CBS commentator was drafted into the army when he was a student at Colegate University. Despite an undiplomatic streak that led to repeated conflicts with his superiors during basic training, once in Britain he was able to make his way from the artillery to the army newspaper Stars and Stripes based upon luck (mainly) and some experience putting together a sort of unit newsletter. He then learned to be a journalist, eventually covering bombing raids (including some trips on the bombers) and [...]

  • Marvin

    Normally I find Andy Rooney hard to read, too dry , cynical and trying to be funny in every sentence. This book intrigued me because of the time period and the behind the scenes look at the shakers and makers of history. This book is really good. I found it very enlightening and very honest appraisal of the war as Mr. Rooney saw it. His description of some of the biggest names of the period and his personal opinion are amusing and also disturbing. Rooney's stories share another perspective on Wo [...]

  • Bill Lively

    This is an interesting memoir of Andy Rooney's experiences during World War II. He tells of his experiences from the hedge row fighting in Germany, through Europe and into Germany. He was often at or near the front lines. He does not romanticize war. He hates war and felt sorrow to the end of his life for the young men and women who died and never had a chance to live a normal, long life. This is a good read.

  • Anne

    Tedious at times, but a very sobering view of World War II while Andy Rooney served in the Army as a correspondent for the news magazine,The Stars and Stripes . His assignment gave him a front row seat to many of the major events during the war, including bombing missions and entry into Paris during the liberation of France. More than anything, his book is a tribute and dedication to those who did not come home. Throughout the book, he remembers these men.

  • Dave Creek

    If you know Andy Rooney only as the grumpy guy on 60 MINUTES, then MY WAR will surprise you. It tells of his experiences during WWII as a reporter for STARS AND STRIPES. Those include a harrowing flight aboard a B-17 bomber in which he saves a crewmember's life, and how he would cry every time he visited the graves of soldiers who were killed on D-Day. An immensely personal document, and a compelling read.

  • Patti

    Most folks would probably agree that Andy Rooney was a lovable, nasty old curmudgeond this book was just like his "60 Minutes" personality. If you liked him on the show, you will most likely like this book. Our book club reviewed it this week. 9 liked it or found it to be interesting. One disliked him so much that she quit the book at about 75 pages. One hated his pompous, self-serving attitude, but finished it anyway.

  • Frank Inserra

    I never much cared for Andy Rooney in his 60 Minutes incarnation. He has so much more to offer, however, recounting his experiences as a young man and WWII correspondent. THis is in the ins and outs of Stars and Stripes ina way far more informative and revealing than the "Hey, 'how ya doin' soldier' drive-by." It also offers a rare glimpse of a young reporter doing scut work and cutting his teeth in a once-in-century environment.

  • Joyce T. Enderle

    ANDY RooneyWW11 consumed my childhood and I never missed 60 Minutes only. because I so enjoyed ANDY Rooney. His book was so interesting and every word he wrote reminded me of all those wonderful stories he told at the end of every 60 Minutes show. He was indeed a special reporter. I will never forget him.

  • Scott

    A great account of his wartime experiences. It's a good thing that he was able to get a job as a War Correspondent with the Stars & Stripes, because if he hadn't been able to pull off that minor miracle, I think he would have been shot for desertion. Not because he was a coward, but because he had a problem with authority and did pretty much what he wanted to do.

  • Megargee

    Andy Rooney's personal memoir of WW II which he covered as am enlisted man writing for Stars and Stripes. Like his fellow journalist, Bill Mauldin, Rooney describes the war from the soldier and airman's rather than the general or strategist's point of view. In the process Rooney also describes his development into the sardonic journalist we remember from 60 Minutes.

  • Thomas Nevins

    interesting story of andy as a sort of privileged your man lucking out in getting a press position in ww2 and his stories of the bombers flying out of england and their crews and of france and his travel thru europe covering the warcertainly opinionated, but he does not conceal that, and an interesting read.

  • Zelene Lovitt

    Andy Rooney is now gone but his gruff spirit and rapier thoughts remain. I was surprised by how interesting reading his exploits were during the war and was actually disappointed when, with the end of the war, the book came to a close. Hard to believe he was just a kid back then.

  • Emanuella

    This is Andy Rooney, the 60-Minutes guy, and his remembrances of his war correspondence in World War II. It's an easy read and Rooney's satirical sense of humor lightens up some of his darker memories of the war.

  • DaveK

    A great read about someone I really didn't know much about besides his grumpy segments on 60 minutes. Book has great insight on what kind of person Andy was during the war and who he was after it. Also, interesting to hear about WWII from a journalists point of view.

  • Trish

    This first hand account of Andy Rooney's experience as a young man in war as a reporter was interesting and honest. I could hear Rooney as if he were reading the story to me. It was brutal honest and at times humorous and unmistakably Andy Rooney.

  • Jerome

    This is a rather short quick read of the memories of the well known Andy Rooney when he was a war correspondent in WW2.There is some interesting information here for those that have any interest in that era. But a lot of it is just ramblings about his fellow correspondents.