Hollywood and World War II

Legendary directors John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra, and George Stevens played major roles in World War II. Mark Harris tells the story of how World War II changed Hollywood and how Hollywood changed World War II through the prism of those five film directors—between them they were on the scene of almost every major moment of America’s war, and in every branch of service—army, navy, and air force; Atlantic and Pacific; from Midway to North Africa; from Normandy to the fall of Paris and the liberation of the Nazi death camps; to the shaping of the message out of Washington, D.C. In Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War, Harris examines how the war divided the lives of these men into before and after.