First to the Front: The Untold Story of Dickey Chapelle, Trailblazing Female War Correspondent


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$32.00  $29.76
St. Martin's Press
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6.7 X 9.4 X 1.4 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author

Cultural critic and historian LORISSA RINEHART writes about art, war, politics, and the places where these discourses intersect. Her writing has recently appeared in Hyperallergic, Perfect Strangers, and Narratively, among other publications. She holds an MA from NYU in Experimental Humanities and a BA in Literature from UC Santa Cruz.


"An extraordinary story....Reads like a Hollywood movie." --The Wall Street Journal

"Compelling and detailed...a thrilling adventure story." --Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Jam-packed with colorful details and incisive character sketches, this is a vivid reappraisal of a pioneering journalist." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Unforgettable....A valuable, long-overdue tribute to an American woman whose work and commitment to human rights is more relevant than ever." --BookPage (starred review)

"A life brazenly lived and a tale compellingly told....To see war through photojournalist Dickey Chapelle's eyes is to witness not only battles fought on distant shores, but also those waged at home against individuals who dare to unearth the truth and strive to break free of the limitations others seek to place on them. With gripping, fluid storytelling, this enthralling account of Dickey Chapelle is given well deserved and illuminating new light and life." --Denise Kiernan, New York Times bestselling author of The Girls of Atomic City, The Last Castle, and We Gather Together

"Thanks to Lorissa Rinehart's detailed and heartfelt biography, we now know about the fascinating life of the photojournalist known as Dickey Chapelle....Readers will be pulled into this book and won't want to be let go."
--Tom Clavin, New York Times bestselling author of Lightning Down

"An astonishing story...exquisite. After reading this enthralling book, now, when someone asks, 'What three people from history would you have over for dinner?' My first choice is easy: At the head of the table is the incomparable Dickey Chapelle. Next to her, the other two guests will be fighting for table scraps." --Buddy Levy, author of Empire of Ice and Stone: The Disastrous and Heroic Voyage of the Karluk

"From a hospital ship at Iwo Jima to the Ho Chi Mihn trail, a bracing account of a female combat reporter who risked everything to inform the American public." --Mary L. Dudziak, author of War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences

"An extraordinary story, told with cinematic flair. Chapelle's groundbreaking career should be studied in every journalism school in the country. Rinehart's vivid prose makes us feel like we're right there with her through all her trials and triumphs." --J. Martin Daughtry, author of Listening to War: Sound, Music, Trauma, and Survival in Wartime Iraq