From Prometheus Books and distributed by Random House...

Writing the War: chronicles of a wwii correspondent

When Charles Kiley met Billee Gray at a soldiers canteen dance in Asheville, North Carolina, on January 17, 1942, it was less than 6 weeks after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the start of World War II. Their love story in the midst of war, their close connection with war events, and their place in the history of America's "finest hour" is captured in "Writing the War." Edited from primary source material, including over 800 letters Charles and Billee exchanged durng the war years, it tells their personal war chronicle as well as the universal tale of ordinary people living in a world in crisis.


What are they saying about the book?

“Writing the War” is a superb and important contribution to WWII history. Charles Kiley was a crack reporter on the biggest story of the 20th century.
Tom Brokaw

Charlie Kiley became one of my father’s best friends while they covered the war for Stars & Stripes. He used to come home and say, ‘I had lunch with Kiley today.’ These letters are a fascinating chronicle of love and separation, war and death, as Charlie and Billee Kiley were swept along with history.
Brian Rooney, television journalist and son of Andy Rooney

As I read Writing the War, I felt like I was watching the whole American experience of World War II through a magnifying glass. This day-by-day story of one family’s journey is touching, illuminating, and utterly absorbing.
James Tobin, author of Ernie Pyle's War


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