Masters of the Air: America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 10, 2006 - History - 688 pages
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The riveting history of the American Eighth Air Force in World War Two, the story of the young men who flew the bombers that helped bring Nazi Germany to its knees, brilliantly told by historian Donald Miller and soon to be a major HBO series.

Masters of the Air is the deeply personal story of the American bomber boys in World War II who brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep. With the narrative power of fiction, Donald Miller takes you on a harrowing ride through the fire-filled skies over Berlin, Hanover, and Dresden and describes the terrible cost of bombing for the German people.

Fighting at 25,000 feet in thin, freezing air that no warriors had ever encountered before, bomber crews battled new kinds of assaults on body and mind. Air combat was deadly but intermittent: periods of inactivity and anxiety were followed by short bursts of fire and fear. Unlike infantrymen, bomber boys slept on clean sheets, drank beer in local pubs, and danced to the swing music of Glenn Miller’s Air Force band, which toured US air bases in England. But they had a much greater chance of dying than ground soldiers.

The bomber crews were an elite group of warriors who were a microcosm of America—white America, anyway. The actor Jimmy Stewart was a bomber boy, and so was the “King of Hollywood,” Clark Gable. And the air war was filmed by Oscar-winning director William Wyler and covered by reporters like Andy Rooney and Walter Cronkite, all of whom flew combat missions with the men. The Anglo-American bombing campaign against Nazi Germany was the longest military campaign of World War II, a war within a war. Until Allied soldiers crossed into Germany in the final months of the war, it was the only battle fought inside the German homeland.

Masters of the Air is a story of life in wartime England and in the German prison camps, where tens of thousands of airmen spent part of the war. It ends with a vivid description of the grisly hunger marches captured airmen were forced to make near the end of the war through the country their bombs destroyed.

Drawn from recent interviews, oral histories, and American, British, German, and other archives, Masters of the Air is an authoritative, deeply moving account of the world’s first and only bomber war.
  

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Review: Masters of the Air: America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany

User Review  - Alan Konyer - Goodreads

Miller does an impressive job covering the experience of the American bomber crews in WWII. One gains tremendous insight into the strategy, planning, personalities, horror, heroism and folly of this ... Read full review

Review: Masters of the Air: America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany

User Review  - Ray Thompson - Goodreads

What a great story about the lives of the brave men and women. Particularly personal for me as my my father served as a B17 bombardier. Read full review

Contents

The Bloody Hundredth
1
The Bomber Mafia
25
Eakers Amateurs
47
The Dangerous Sky
64
FIVE
111
SEVEN
155
The Bells of Hell
175
EIGHT
189
Prisoners of the Swiss
331
THIRTEEN
348
FOURTEEN
380
FIFTEEN
410
The Chimneys Hardly Ever Fall Down
447
SEVENTEEN
471
A Pageant of Misery
487
Epilogue
518

The Turning
233
ELEVEN
295
TWELVE
316
Notes
527
Bibliography
609
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About the author (2006)

Donald L. Miller is the John Henry MacCracken Professor of History at Lafayette College and author of nine 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 than thirty television documentaries and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other publications. Visit DonaldMillerBooks.com.

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