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I loved this book. Stephen Ambrose was right. The B-24 was grossly underappreciated during and after the war. Not as handsome as the B-17, the Liberator was faster, carried a bigger payload and had fewer losses by percentage. I had no idea that George McGovern was such a great and inspiring war hero. The narration is excellent. It's a shame that it was Ambrose's last book (I think anyway). Think Band of Brothers but in the AAF. Great stuff.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
I was really in love with the writing style of this book. And being a gen xer, I learned so much about the difference between today's war time and an older generation's war time. I pulled stories from the book and shared them with some of my relatives at get togethers and it opened a can of worms about experiences they had in the military. This is a good book to help older and younger people bridge the gap and talk about things that scared them, the people they missed, the good times had and the feeling of experiencing things like this.
Truly an amazing storyteller. And an amazing set of stories.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
This book is ok for aviation historians but is a little dry for a casual read. It is full of interesting facts about the people and where they came from (including George McGovern), the flying of the plane, the training, the missons and the bases in north africa and Italy (none of which I knew about). Narration is a little lumbering but this a good account of a much forgotten section of the US Airforce.
Interesting although rather simplistic. Many various aspects of the war too partizan bearing in mind other nations contributions to the air war against Nazi Germany. A little or somewhat long winded on the personal backgrounds of the individual crew members.