New York: William Morrow and Company, 1962.
First Edition. Hardcover. 8 1/2" X 5 5/8". 285pp, plus 24pp photographs. First Printing. Moderate wear to unclipped dust jacket, including chipping to head and tail of spine with loss to publisher's name, small tears to edges, open tears at corners, open tear at rear fold, mild dust soiling, and faint dampstain to spine. Tan linen over boards with spine backed in orange and lettered in white. Mild edgewear to binding with gentle bumping to extremities. Blind stamp of Barbara A. Meek to front free endpaper. Binding is tight, sound, and square. Pages are clean and unmarked. A very nice first printing copy, in worn dust jacket, of this memoir by Dickey Chapelle (born Georgette Louise Meyer), the famed American female photojournalist known for her war correspondence work from WWII into the Vietnam War, where she was killed in action. From flaps: "'What's a woman doing here?' has been a question asked by other pilots, paratroopers, U.S. Marines, Hungarian Freedom Fighters, Russian secret police, Cuban and Algerian Revolutionaries and Americans the world over...when, for example, Dickey Chapelle -- dodged Japanese bullets on an Iwo Jima hill-top... -- talked her way ashore on Okinawa to join a Marine combat patrol in front of the front lines... -- parachute jumped with our troops in Korea... -- was smuggled into Algeria and witnessed the FLN trial and execution of a traitor... -- took some of the first photos of Castro's troops in action... -- landed with the Marines in Lebanon... --was caught behind the Iron Curtain during the Hungarian uprising and held prisoner for 80 days by the secret police (most of it in solitary confinement)....As a reporter she has accepted assignments that would give a brave man pause. She has done so not because she loves danger or violence, but because as a woman she has always sought the truth." Very good + / good. Item #2231