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The Few: The American "Knights of the Air" Who Risked Everything to Fight in the Battle of Britainby Alex Kershaw
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It was the summer of 1940, and World War II had been raging for nearly a year. Buoyed by his successes on the Continent, Hitler was now planning an invasion of England to seal Europe's fate.Though the United States was still a neutral country, a few Americans decided they couldn?t remain on the sidelines. They joined Britain's Royal Air Force to defend the country - with the future of civilization hanging in the balance.The Few tells the dramatic and unforgettable story of these Americans who defied their own country's neutrality laws and risked their very citizenship to fight side-by-side with England's finest pilots. Flying the lethal and elegant Spitfire, they became ?knights of the air? who, with minimal training but plenty of guts, dueled the skilled and fearsome aces of Germany's Luftwaffe.By October 1940, they had helped England win the greatest air battle in the history of aviation. Some five years later, at war's end, just one of them would be alive. Winston Churchill once said famously of all those who fought in the Battle of Britain, ?Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.? These daring Americans were the few among the ?few.?
"Brick does a nice job squeezing the drama from Kershaw's story of the American fliers who joined the British RAF during the early years of World War II, before the United States had entered the war. Modulating his voice for maximum efficiency, Brick treats each segment of the book as a fresh anecdote to be laid out for the enjoyment of his listeners. Dogfights, ocean journeys, military camaraderie and the ever-present threat of death are all grist for Brick's powerful storyteller's voice. If at times Brick cannot entirely decide whether he is or is not going to provide British and French accents for his European characters, hedging his bets with partial versions, his reading is nonetheless sharp and compelling." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
In the summer of 1940 World War II had been under way for nearly a year. Hitler's Germany was triumphant, but the U.S. was neutral. "The Few" is the story of seven U.S. pilots who came to fight side by side with England's finest in the RAF. Unabridged. 9 CDs.
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