Wolfert, Ira

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WOLFERT, IRA (1908–1997), author and journalist. Best known for his reporting during World War ii and for his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Battle for the Solomons (1943), Wolfert also wrote American Guerrilla in the Philippines (1945) and published short stories in various magazines. His novel, Tucker's People (1943), was based to a very large extent on material he had gathered as a reporter. It was filmed in 1948 as Force of Evil. In 1948 he published An Act of Love, with characters burdened by their Jewishness. His career fell into eclipse over the next two decades but interest in his work revived somewhat in the 1970s.