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The Candy Bombers: The Untold Story of the Berlin Airlift and America's Finest Hour

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ISBN13: 9780425227718
ISBN10: 0425227715
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The masterfully told story of the unlikely men who came together to make the Berlin Airlift one of the great military and humanitarian successes of American history.

On the sixtieth anniversary of the Berlin Airlift, Andrei Cherny tells a remarkable story with profound implications for the world today. In the tradition of the best narrative storytellers, he brings together newly unclassified documents, unpublished letters and diaries, and fresh primary interviews to tell the story of the ill-assorted group of castoffs and second-stringers who not only saved millions of desperate people from a dire threat but changed how the world viewed the United States, and set in motion the chain of events that would ultimately lead to the dismantling of the Berlin Wall and to Americaas victory in the Cold War.

On June 24, 1948, intent on furthering its domination of Europe, the Soviet Union cut off all access to West Berlin, prepared to starve the city into submission unless the Americans abandoned it. Soviet forces hugely outnumbered the Alliesa, and most of Americaas top officials considered the situation hopeless. But not all of them.

Harry Truman, an accidental president, derided by his own party; Lucius Clay, a frustrated general, denied a combat command and relegated to the home front; Bill Tunner, a logistics expert downsized to a desk job in a corner of the Pentagon; James Forrestal, a secretary of defense beginning to mentally unravel; Hal Halvorsen, a lovesick pilot who had served far from the conflict, flying transport missions in the backwater of a global waratogether these unlikely men improvised and stumbled their way into a uniquely American combination of military andmoral force unprecedented in its time.

This is the forgotten foundation tale of America in the modern world, the story of when Americans learned, for the first time, how to act at the summit of world poweraa masterful and exciting work of historical narrative, and one with strong resonance for our time.

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Cherny presents a masterfully told story of the unlikely men who came together to make the Berlin Airlift one of the great military and humanitarian successes of American history.

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The Candy Bombers is the true tale of the ill- assorted group of castoffs and second-stringers who saved millions of desperate people from a dire threat. By feeding and supplying West Berlin by air for nearly a year, these brave men won the hearts of America's defeated enemies, and inspired people around the world to believe in America's fundamental goodness. Their valor and kind acts helped the country avoid World War III, and won the greatest battle of the Cold War-without firing a shot.

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Skyhawk maintainer, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by Skyhawk maintainer)
This is the amazing story of how a random act of kindness changed the outlook of the German people towards Americans after the war. Once the war was over, the Soviets began taking over bordering countries and once they started on Germany and in particular Berlin, the origin of what came to known as the Col;d War started in earnest. The Author compares the workups to the 1948 election to the evolution of the Berlin Airlift to show how without one, the other couldn't have happened and how they influenced the other. After the failures of the British to supply their Army in Kut, Iraq in WW1 and the Germans to supply their Army in Stalingrad during WW2, nobody believed it was possible to supply a city by air. When the airlift was all but over and the troops were rotating back home, on the train they were riding, someone chalked "It did happen!" That in itself pretty much sums up the unbelievable events that led up to the election of Harry Truman and the success of the Airlift. This phenomenal historical (as opposed to hysterical) event is one all Americans should be made aware.
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ISBN:
9780425227718
Author:
Cherny, Andrei
Publisher:
Berkley Caliber
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Military - Aviation
Subject:
Military-Aviation History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20090631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
640
Dimensions:
9.04x6.32x1.40 in. 1.58 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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"Synopsis" by , Cherny presents a masterfully told story of the unlikely men who came together to make the Berlin Airlift one of the great military and humanitarian successes of American history.
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The Candy Bombers is the true tale of the ill- assorted group of castoffs and second-stringers who saved millions of desperate people from a dire threat. By feeding and supplying West Berlin by air for nearly a year, these brave men won the hearts of America's defeated enemies, and inspired people around the world to believe in America's fundamental goodness. Their valor and kind acts helped the country avoid World War III, and won the greatest battle of the Cold War-without firing a shot.

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