I enjoyed the personal accounts of the war that Andy Rooney writes about. Very interesting to hear about travel, weather conditions, etc during that time period with the limitations during the second world war. I also thought Rooneys insights on the personalities of MacArthur, Patton and Eisenhower were interesting, along with the personal accounts of Ernest Hemingway. Pretty neat to hear from someone who knew them and spoke with them.
I really liked this book - just like listening to one of Andy's commentaries on 60 minutes, but longer and more detailed. I was impressed that he wrote it many years after his experiences, allowing much time for reflection. Andy has a very comfortable writing style, almost conversational. I was able to finish the book in 1 day; partly due to the interesting writing style but mostly because it was just so fascinating a read.
Andy Rooney was drafted in July, 194l. After training, he was assigned to The Stars and Stripes newspaper as a reporter. He was assigned first to bomber groups in England. After D-Day, he followed infantry and artillery divisions through France into Germany. Rooney is not shy about giving his opinions of what he saw and experienced. I liked this about the book, but occasionally the book was disjointed in spots. But definitely worth a read as he gives an up close and personal look at World War II.
In 1941 Andrew Rooney was a pretty typical 20-year old college boy at Colgate University. He played guard for the varsity squad, was interested in philosphy, thought he wanted to be a writer, and felt the America Firsters made pretty good sense. Then he read that Hitler had invaded Poland, his first thought was "where is Bres-Litovsk?" followed quickly by "How can I get out of this?" But like millions of other Americans during that remarkable time, Andy Rooney soon found himself in basic training in North Carolina, learning to break down a rifle, Launch an artillery round, and defend freedom and democracy. In short order, his unit was in England receiving further training and waiting for the Normandy inviasion to begin. And that's where Andy Rooney's war really began. It you like Andy Roony on 60 Minutes, then you'll like this book. It's nostalgic, funny, and reminds us of the things we did when we your young. If you don't care for Andy Rooney's style of speaking, his politics, or the way things were done "way back when," then skip this book because it's pure Andy Rooney with a side of schmaltz.