Submitted by: Liesl Bradne
Prior to Phil Stern's death on Dec. 13, 2014, his original, unfinished, tattered wartime memoir was discovered, stashed away in an old folio box in his cluttered Hollywood bungalow.
During World War II, he served as a U.S. Army Ranger and combat photographer in the much-heralded fighting unit Darby's Rangers in the North African and Italian campaigns.
Stern's catchy 1940s lingo, honest and intimate observations and humor, paired with his striking combat photography, transport the reader 75 years back in time to meet the hardscrabble rangers and experience some of the key battles of the Mediterranean Theater. Snapdragon is an artifact of that time, told not by a man reminiscing in his twilight years, but by a young soldier fresh from the battlefields.
Snapdragon: The World War II Exploits of Darby's Ranger and Combat Photographer Phil Stern (Osprey/Bloomsbury)
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About the author:
An award-winning journalist with more than 15 years' experience, Liesl Bradner has contributed to respected national publications such as the Los Angeles Times, the New Republic, the Guardian, Truthdig, Variety and WWII Magazine. In addition to Phil Stern, with whom she forged a strong bond, Bradner has interviewed nearly 100 artists, actors, screenwriters, authors, politicians and photographers. Book projects include Frank Sinatra Has a Cold (Taschen, 2015) and the Writers' Room essay for Matthew Weiner's Mad Men (Taschen, 2016) In May 2016, she was part of a team of writers at Truthdig that won the 2015 Maggie Award for best regularly featured web column (Book Review). She lives in Los Angeles.