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



by
Mary Cronk Farrell

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Abrams
Imprint
Amulet
ISBN
9781419746611
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War , Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Illustrations/Images: Blood/Gore
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The incredible story of Catherine Leroy, one of the few woman photographers during the Vietnam War, told by an award-winning journalist and children’s author.

From award-winning journalist and children’s book author Mary Cronk Farrell comes the inspiring and fascinating story of the woman who gave a human face to the Vietnam War. Close-Up on War tells the story of French-born Catherine Leroy, one of the war’s few woman photographers, who documented some of the fiercest fighting in the 20-year conflict. Although she had no formal photographic training and had never traveled more than a few hundred miles from Paris before, Leroy left home at age 21 to travel to Vietnam and document the faces of war. Despite being told that women didn't belong in a “man’s world,” she was cool under fire, gravitated toward the thickest battles, went along on the soldiers’ slogs through the heat and mud of the jungle, crawled through rice paddies, and became the only official photojournalist to parachute into combat with American soldiers. Leroy took striking photos that gave America no choice but to look at the realities of war—showing what it did to people on both sides—from wounded soldiers to civilian casualties.

Later, Leroy was gravely wounded from shrapnel, but that didn’t keep her down more than a month. When captured by the North Vietnamese in 1968, she talked herself free after photographing her captors, scoring a cover story in Life
Farrell interviewed people who knew Leroy, as well as military personnel and other journalists who covered the war. In addition to a foreword by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Peter Arnot, the book includes a preface, author’s note, endnotes, bibliography, timeline, and index.

Map. Foreword by Peter Arnett. Author’s note. “How a Camera Worked in the 1960s.” Glossary. Time line. Endnotes. Select bibliography. Suggestions for further information. Index. Black-and-white and full-color photographs. 

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War , Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Illustrations/Images: Blood/Gore

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

320

Trim Size

8" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

B

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

May 2022

Book Genres

Autobiography/Biography

Topics

Catherine Leroy (1944–2006). War photographers. France. Photojournalists. Women war correspondents. Vietnam War (1961–1975). French journalists. 

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