This is War!: A Photo-Narrative in Three Parts

David Douglas Duncan’s first book was a timely extension of his most famous Life work up to that time. Drawn from the pioneering documentary work that he produced in the first few months of the Korean War, Duncan sought to present his story in a entirely different manner from the way it had first appeared in the magazine. The final book divided the narrative of his U.S. Marines into three sections, each with extensive but separate sections of stunning photographs and associated words rendered in Duncan’s passionate and personal style. It became the very first of many subsequent publications that featured both a penetrating look at its subjects and a revealing portrait of the photographer himself. The book was published on June 25th, 1951, the first anniversary of the start of the Korean War, for the price of $4.95. The volume would go through several reissues, including a Bantam pocket book version in 1967 and a new hardback printing, prepared from the original prints and printed duotones, from Little, Brown and Company in 1990. The later edition bore a new subtitle, A Photo-Narrative of the Korean War, and an introduction by Harrison E. Salisbury — but the impact of the author’s original words and pictures remained unchanged.

BW ills.; hardcover. Publisher: Harper & Brothers, New York, 1951.

 110,00

ID: 13024

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David Douglas Duncan’s first book was a timely extension of his most famous Life work up to that time. Drawn from the pioneering documentary work that he produced in the first few months of the Korean War, Duncan sought to present his story in a entirely different manner from the way it had first appeared in the magazine. The final book divided the narrative of his U.S. Marines into three sections, each with extensive but separate sections of stunning photographs and associated words rendered in Duncan’s passionate and personal style. It became the very first of many subsequent publications that featured both a penetrating look at its subjects and a revealing portrait of the photographer himself. The book was published on June 25th, 1951, the first anniversary of the start of the Korean War, for the price of $4.95. The volume would go through several reissues, including a Bantam pocket book version in 1967 and a new hardback printing, prepared from the original prints and printed duotones, from Little, Brown and Company in 1990. The later edition bore a new subtitle, A Photo-Narrative of the Korean War, and an introduction by Harrison E. Salisbury — but the impact of the author’s original words and pictures remained unchanged.