The Wild Blue

  • by Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Narrated by Jeffrey DeMunn
  • 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The very young men who flew the B24s over Germany in World War II against terrible odds were an exemplary band of brothers. In The Wild Blue, Stephen Ambrose recounts their extraordinary brand of heroism, skill, daring, and comradeship.
Ambrose describes how the Army Air Forces recruited, trained, and chose those few who would undertake the most demanding and dangerous jobs in the war. These are the boys - turned pilots, bombardiers, navigators, and gunners of the B24s - who suffered over 50 percent casualties.
Ambrose carries us along in the crowded, uncomfortable, and dangerous B24s as their crews fought to the death through thick, black, deadly flak to reach their targets and destroy the German war machine or else went down in flames. Twenty-two-year-old George McGovern, who was to become a United States senator and a presidential candidate, flew 35 combat missions (all the Army would allow) and won the Distinguished Flying Cross. We meet him and his mates, his co-pilot killed in action, and crews of other planes - many of whom did not come back.
As Band of Brothers and Citizen Soldiers portrayed the bravery and ultimate victory of the American soldier from Normandy on to Germany, The Wild Blue makes clear the contribution these young men of the Army Air Forces stationed in Italy made to the Allied victory.

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What the Critics Say

"Brilliant.... It is a terrific story." (Larry King, USA Today)
"The Wild Blue is right on target...[the book] finally gives those men of the 15th Air Force the tribute they so richly earned." (The Dallas Morning News)

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Customer Reviews

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Terrific book.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I am a retired Army Aviator...this book brought back many memories for me. Written with great insight. The reader is excellent


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- jud

Required Reading

As a political conservative I was somewhat concerned about the book's central figure, George McGovern and the direction the book might go. However, my brother-in-law was also a B24 pilot based in England during WW2 and since he, like most veterans, spoke little of their war experiences and I was curious to learn more about what they went through.
I now think this book should be required reading in all high school history. Today we have no idea of what the "Greatest Generation" went through and gave so that we can enjoy the freedoms and blessings we take for granted today.
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- Lyle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-19-2011
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio