I read this one in February when I stopped writing reviews immediately after reading a book. I do have a slightly valid reason for this delay, my wife gave birth to our youngest son. As one can imagine, my reading slowed to just audiobooks to and from work and I stopped writing reviews almost completely. This was in addition to trying to finish my thesis. It was a stressful time and most of it was a blur.
Unfortunately, that means that I don’t remember Once There Was a War as well as I should nor as well as I wish. The book is a collection of article written by John Steinbeck during his time as a war correspondent in the European theater of WWII. They are so well written and I recall many of them being pieces about people not necessarily events, which I found to be a very interesting and delightful change to the usual WWII-type stuff that I read. He had already published Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath and was a celebrity so he made it a point to never insert himself into the stories he told in Once There Was a War. He also wrote about many of the non-frontline jobs being done by ordinary people, which is his strength, and I really appreciated it.