My father was a ball turret gunner in a B-24. He flew missions over Italy and Germany - I never knew how lucky I was to even be here until listening to this book. When I was little he would tell only good stories about making their own peanut brittle on long missions — peanut butter sandwiches at 35,000 feet . I’m glad I got to listen to these CDs — only sorry now I can’t follow up and ask my Dad about what he went through. Great Book to listen to and highly recommended.
The narrator isn’t good at impersonating foreign accents. Very American-centric. For example, big noting America’s fledgeling airforce achievements in WWI as though they were world firsts, while being ignorant of achievements that had already been obtained by British Imperial Generals, such as Monash. Focuses a little too much on the experiences of the Bomber crews, and neglects some information on the overall strategies and politics of the period, which are also of importance to any one seeking a semblance of an accurate understanding of the overall situation of the time.
Really enjoyed the book . Learned a great deal about the war that i did not know. The depth of the book into so many aspects of war was done very well. The readers voice was great really fit the book. When i would listen i felt like i was on base with the bomber boys.
A very good read. They losses of the air arm were horrendous.
An incredible, highly detailed account from start to finish. From the machinery, the locations, to the hearts and minds of all those brave servicemen this history lesson is a testament that affirms bravery alone does not win a battle or a war. An incredible read for any history buff or air enthusiast. Always learning something new.... What more can I say except "Thank you. ".
Donald L. Miller is the John Henry MacCracken Professor of History at Lafayette College and author ofnine books, including "City of the Century" "The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America", and "Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America". He has hosted, coproduced, or served as historical consultant for more thanthirty television documentaries and has written for "The New York Times", "The Washington Post", and other publications. Visit DonaldMillerBooks.com.