Not all servicemen read ASE's. As the popularity of ASE short story collections can attest, many GI's preferred magazine articles to long books. In his letter to the curator of this exhibition, newspaperman Ben Bradlee notes that the pocket editions of Newsweek, Time, and the The New Yorker were "an incredible lifeline." The Council on Books in Wartime dealt primarily with books, and the only magazine-related material the ASE's boasted were collections of excerpts from The New Yorker.