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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