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

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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.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Masters of the Airandlt;/Iandgt; is the deeply personal story of the American bomber boys in World War II who brought the war to Hitlerand#8217;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. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;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 Millerand#8217;s Air Force band, which toured US air bases in England. But they had a much greater chance of dying than ground soldiers.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;The bomber crews were an elite group of warriors who were a microcosm of Americaand#8212;white America, anyway. The actor Jimmy Stewart was a bomber boy, and so was the and#8220;King of Hollywood,and#8221; 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. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Masters of the Airandlt;/Iandgt; 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. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;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 worldand#8217;s first and only bomber war.

About the Author

Donald L. Miller, the John Henry MacCracken Professor of History at Lafayette College, is the author of nine books, including Lewis Mumford: A Life, a New York Times Notable Book, City of the Century, winner of two literary prizes, and Masters of the Air, being made into an HBO dramatic series produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. He has written or co-produced more than twenty film documentaries on war, cities, and social change.

Table of Contents

Contents

Prologue: The Bloody Hundredth

ONE

The Bomber Mafia

TWO

Eaker's Amateurs

THREE

The Dangerous Sky

FOUR

Airman Down!

FIVE

The Anatomy of Courage

SIX

Teach Them to Kill

SEVEN

The Bells of Hell

EIGHT

Men at War

NINE

The Turning

TEN

Liberated Skies

ELEVEN

The Fatal Trap

TWELVE

Prisoners of the Swiss

THIRTEEN

My Bellyful of War

FOURTEEN

The Wire

FIFTEEN

Terror Without End

SIXTEEN

The Chimneys Hardly Ever Fall Down

SEVENTEEN

A Pageant of Misery

Epilogue

Acknowledgments

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743235457
Author:
Miller, Donald L
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
Miller, Donald L.
Subject:
Military - Aviation
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Subject:
Fighter pilots, World War II, Nazi Germany, Hitler, Third Reich, air assault, bomber boys, Berlin, Hanover, Dresden, air combat, fighter jets, Eighth Air Force, Jimmy Stewart, Clark Gable, combat missions, HBO, HBO series, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, mil
Subject:
Fighter pilots, World War II, Nazi Germany, Hitler, Third Reich, air assault, bomber boys, Berlin, Hanover, Dresden, air combat, fighter jets, Eighth Air Force, Jimmy Stewart, Clark Gable, combat missions, HBO, HBO series, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, mil
Subject:
Fighter pilots, World War II, Nazi Germany, Hitler, Third Reich, air assault, bomber boys, Berlin, Hanover, Dresden, air combat, fighter jets, Eighth Air Force, Jimmy Stewart, Clark Gable, combat missions, HBO, HBO series, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, mil
Subject:
Fighter pilots, World War II, Nazi Germany, Hitler, Third Reich, air assault, bomber boys, Berlin, Hanover, Dresden, air combat, fighter jets, Eighth Air Force, Jimmy Stewart, Clark Gable, combat missions, HBO, HBO series, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, mil
Subject:
Fighter pilots, World War II, Nazi Germany, Hitler, Third Reich, air assault, bomber boys, Berlin, Hanover, Dresden, air combat, fighter jets, Eighth Air Force, Jimmy Stewart, Clark Gable, combat missions, HBO, HBO series, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, mil
Subject:
Fighter pilots, World War II, Nazi Germany, Hitler, Third Reich, air assault, bomber boys, Berlin, Hanover, Dresden, air combat, fighter jets, Eighth Air Force, Jimmy Stewart, Clark Gable, combat missions, HBO, HBO series, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, mil
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
24 pp photos, 3 maps
Pages:
688
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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