Aug. 14, 1944
The tough, haggard man on the cover is one of the thousands who are winning the battle for France. He is Lt. Kelso C. Horne of the U.S. airborne infantry. Men like Lt. Horne saw their hardest fighting on June 6, when many of them were landed behind German lines in Normandy with parachute troops. In the great breakthrough in France, airborne troops are probably being used as infantry shock troops.
What the postwar bathroom will look like in another racy ad (by 1940s standards) from Cannon Towels.
The Saturday Review of Literature celebrates its 20th anniversary by asking readers to pick the best novel and best author to appear in the last 20 years. Readers named “Arrowsmith” as the best novel and Ernest Hemingway as the best novelist. Other best novels from the previous 20 years were, in order, “A Farewell to Arms,” “U.S.A.,” “The Grapes of Wrath” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls.”
Unfortunately, Life published a photo of the books rather than listing them and some of the titles are illegible. How many have you read?
Life also features Chester Gould and his comic creation Dick Tracy. Did you know there was a villain named Redrum?