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What was one of the most memorable moments of Daring Young Men?
For me, history doesn't provide a better example of courage, vision, and bravery than the story of Berlin Airlift. This book tells that story so completely and with such rich details that I find myself constantly feeling joy for the souls of all those involved. Characters in this story soar to heights normally not seen in man's history. For the past 5 years I've made it a point to begin my summer holiday by listening to this book first--before all the 'new reads' I've carefully chosen through the year. This story carries me through the remainder of the my year as the relatively small challenges, obstacles, and puzzling circumstances are thrown across my life's path...I find myself saying silently: "I can do this. I can make it through this. If people, just having survived the horrors of WWII, had to turn around and immediatley face the Berlin Blockade and then stand firm and carry out the successful Berlin Airlift--I can face this, no problem. I can get through it." It's worked every time and having just finished listening to it again for the 5th consecutive summer, I can say I plan to continue this annual rite in the years to come.
I loved this book! The Berlin Airlift was a topic of which I had a very limited knowledge of prior to listening to this book. The author presents a very informative and interesting recap of the political environment that led to the Soviet blockade and of the various responses presented to President Truman by his administration. I am left with the clear picture of a US president who was committed to fighting for freedom vs communism in Europe, and who was unequivocal in his public and private support of that goal.
It also clearly shows how the apparently impossible was achieved by the combination of strong presidential and military leadership and a collection of citizen solders/airmen, career military officers and enlisted personnel. They undertook life threatening missions and pushed themselves to their physical and emotional limits solely to defend the freedom of Germans (many of the very same people who, only three years earlier, dragged their fellow pilots out of downed aircraft and killed them).
In the process, aviation procedures and tactics made gigantic leaps as the leaders of the airlift attempted to solve one logistical problem after another.
What a tribute to America's "Greatest Generation"!"