Close-Up on War: The Story of Pioneering Photojournalist Catherine Leroy in Vietnam

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Harry N. Abrams
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5.59 X 8.11 X 1.02 inches | 1.63 pounds

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About the Author

Mary Cronk Farrell is an award-winning journalist and children's book writer. Her books have won a SPUR Award for Best Juvenile Fiction about the American West and been honored on lists such as the Notable Social Studies Books for Young People, Bank Street College's List of Best Children's Books, and the New York Public Library's Best Books for Teens. Her journalistic work has also received numerous awards for excellence from the Society of Professional Journalists and two Emmy nominations. Farrell frequently speaks at schools, libraries, conferences, and women's and family workshops. Her books include Pure Grit, Irena'sChildren, and Standing Up Against Hate. She lives in Spokane, Washington.


"This excellently written account will leave readers marveling at Leroy's determination, bravery, and disregard for her own safety as she documented what was happening in Vietnam. A riveting biography that puts an overlooked, award-winning female photojournalist into historical context." --Kirkus Review
"Smooth, engaging writing nimbly avoids the doldrums of stats-saturated reportage, taking a human-interest approach to the war and putting readers directly in the action beside Leroy. . .Source notes, image credits, and a bibliography speak to Farrell's diligent research into this inspiring but under-recognized woman's life." --Booklist
"This is really three books in one--it tells of the work of Leroy, describes the daily ­workings of war correspondents of that era, and gives a glimpse into life during the ­Vietnam War--excelling at each. History buffs looking for a personal account of the war will enjoy this book." --School Library Journal
"Well-contextualized. . .Offering an intimate glimpse of the photographer's personal observations and needs amid discussions of the war and of Leroy's actions in Vietnam." --Publishers Weekly
"Background on the course of the war during Leroy's three years there is provided, and the inclusion of a raft of Leroy's photographs ably convey information beyond history texts." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Leroy is not as well-known as her male counterparts in Vietnam, but Farrell's gripping biography has the potential to put a significant dent in that discrepancy. She brings her audience face-to-face with the determination, compassion and fortitude of this groundbreaking woman. Readers who meet Leroy through Close-Up on War will not forget her."--Shelf-awareness