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Christmas from Heaven is the story of the humble beginnings of what became a beacon of hope to a war-torn land, the story of Gail Halvorsen, a young pilot in the US Army Air Corps who was assigned as a cargo pilot to the Berlin Airlift, in which US forces flew much-needed supplies into a Soviet-blockaded Berlin.

As he performed his duties, Lt. Halvorsen began to notice the German children gathered by the fences of Tempelhof Air Base. Knowing that they had very little, he one day offered them some chewing gum. From that small act, an idea sprang: He would andquot;bombandquot; Berlin with candy. Fashioning small parachutes, he and his crew sent them floating down as they approached the Berlin airport, wiggling the wings of their C-54 as a signal to the children that their anticipated cargo would soon arrive.

Lt. Halvorsen became known by hundreds, if not thousands, of children in Berlin as andquot;Uncle Wiggly Wingsandquot; or andquot;The Candy Bomber.andquot; Word soon spread, and donations of candy and other supplies poured in from sympathetic Americans. Lt. Halvorsenand#39;s small idea became a great symbol of hope not only to German children in a bombed-out city but to all those who yearned for freedom.

About the Author

Tom Brokaw, a native of South Dakota, graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in political science. He began his journalism career in Omaha and Atlanta before joining NBC News in 1966. Brokaw was the White House correspondent for NBC News during Watergate, and from 1976 to 1981 he anchored Today on NBC. He's been the sole anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw since 1983. Brokaw has won every major award in broadcast journalism, including two DuPonts, a Peabody Award, and several Emmys. He lives in New York and Montana.

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merecaver, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by merecaver)
I've been meaning to read this book for a long while. Got a new job at Veterans Affairs and am now even more interested, so I finally bought it. What a wonderful and moving book! I like how Tom Brokaw weaves in current history to make the stories even more meaningful.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812975291
Author:
Brokaw, Tom
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Author:
Barrett, Robert T.
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Soldiers
Subject:
Soldiers -- United States.
Subject:
World History-1650 to Present
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
history;wwii;non-fiction;american history;biography;war;american;great depression;us history;memoir;20th century;military;america;oral history;politics;veterans;military history;social history;personal narrative;tom brokaw;world war;us;americana;1940s;his
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20010531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 1
Language:
English
Illustrations:
PHOTOS THROUGHOUT
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9.25 x 11 in
Age Level:
from 5

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