By John Lardner,Alex Belth
At a time whilst few american citizens had visited Australia, journalist John Lardner sailed down lower than with the U.S. defense force as one of many first American struggle correspondents within the Pacific theater. along with his first-class humorousness and present for narrative, Lardner penned vignettes of MacArthur’s arrival and his reception in Melbourne and a flight with the bold Dutch flier Capt. Hans Smits. extra usually, Lardner wrote in regards to the traditional day and the typical individual. touring in the course of the kingdom, in Southwest Passage Lardner deals a glimpse of Australia within the Forties and generates heat and admiration for international warfare II opponents within the Pacific, even if Australian, New Zealander, aboriginal, or American.
For generations of readers who've realized approximately international warfare II with the advantage of hindsight, Lardner’s tone, sort, and chosen themes supply greater than simply interesting anecdotes in regards to the army within the Pacific; they're a view into the tradition and society of midcentury America.
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