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This is a long book with many details. There are so many stories. If just one book about the Mighty Eighth is bought, this is definitely the one.
The Wild Blue
A Sacrifice for Their Country Beyond Imagination
There is one sentence in this book that made a great impression on me:
"Mass education made the 8th Air Force."
Our nation's public education system before the war created so many quality Air Corp officers, America completely overwhelmed the Luftwaffe.
The air battles over Europe defy comprehension. This book expands that impression an order of magnitude.
I will listen to it again.
No, it was only somewhat interesting. War of the Worlds fans will enjoy this.
If you are a real fan of "War of the Worlds," this is a fun book. Otherwise, it does not stand on its own.
Gene Kranz Hero. Knowing he is famous, looking at the details of his life really impresses. His accomplishments and leadership define the American hero. The speech to his flight controllers the Monday after the Apollo 1 fire is one of the pivotal moments in American history.
"Thunder Below" is about another American hero that got things done like Gene. In other words, Gene would love this book.
I was still hearing Gene's voice and seeing his facial expressions.
Yes. The story of NASA between Apollo 1 fire and Apollo 8 landing is an American story. It was like WWII, a moment of incredible human perseverance, focus, and accomplishment. Apollo 8 was the pinnacle. The flight had so much confidence and competency that they damn near hit the ship when they landed and changed the flight rules to not target the recovery ship in the future.
I worked with Gene at NASA near the end of his career. Learning what came before was an amazing journey for me.
This is not only a great WWII submarine book (perhaps the best), but an incredible inspiration to any human being about how to get things done. The commander was very smart, innovative, and unstoppable. Not a John Wayne, the management style of the commander should be a model for all military leaders and even business leaders.
"A Thousand Shall Fall" The intelligence of the submarine and aircraft commanders, along with their experiences, make the best authors of war autobiographies.
Any of the attack scenes. So many war books are about heading into battle blindly. It is refreshing to follow a leader that has a plan. Rewarding the crew with beer is the main thing you will remember about this book. Before an attack, an order to put the beer on ice signaled the seriousness of the situation and the intended outcome. The reader gets excited every time beer on ice is ordered. Also the cakes.
At the beginning. This is going to be more like Star Trek than human struggle. Off they go and the commander is like Captain Kurt.
Very well written and narrated.
The perspective of just one person. So many WWII books are grandiose coverage of leaders and tactics. This is just the story of one person. The details are so great, the story seems to be day to day and gives the reader a strong feeling of the author's life. Not only a great pilot, Murray is a good writer. This is the book to learn what it took to become a pilot during this short period of history. The humor is refreshing and well done. One of my favorite WWII books. Be sure to read "The Wrong Stuff" and "Above the Thunder" if you like this book.
This book is a collection of stories, most of them very funny. Telling the story is critical, and the narrator does a great job. What fun recording this book must have been for him.
Not the title. "No Better Time to Learn to Fly. No Better Time to Die Flying."
Every pilot should read this book so they know what they missed. Just the story of landing the Tiger Moth is worth the hours invested. I'm not a pilot, but my father was an 8th Air Force pilot 1943 to 1945. Now I know a little more about him.
Poorly titled - mostly details of missile hits in England
Boring repetition of missile hit reports - not really a story.
Scientific and historic interest in the V2 will find this book a great disappointment. Look elsewhere. This book is just the British perspective of V2 attacks.
The battle descriptions.
The weaving of many lives into one mission.
The narrator will drive you nuts at first, but stick with it. His style really works in the combat sequences.
The combat sequences had a profound affect on me.
The book takes some time to get going. Like the squadrons of Boeings forming over England, the characters are gathered in a large intro to the fateful mission. Keep with it. What these men went through deserves patience.
The magnitude of this story and its exclusion from WWII documentaries makes it truly amazing. The timeline and buildup to the climax made this a compelling book.
The Army Air Corps' finest hour.
The Stalinist in Britain did a great disservice to American Airmen and true patriots fighting both the Nazis and the Communists.
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