At the heart of the group was the Yale flying club, six of whom are the heroes of this book. They would share rivalries over girlfriends, jealousies over membership in Skull and Bones, and fierce ambition to be the most daring young man over the battlefields of France, where the casualties among flyers were chillingly high.
One of the six would go on to become the principal architect of the American Air Force's first strategic bomber force. Others would bring home decorations and tales of high life experiences in Paris. Some would not return, having made the greatest sacrifice of all in perhaps the last noble war. For fans of Flyboys, The Greatest Generation, or Flags of Our Fathers, this patriotic, romantic, absorbing book is narrative military history of the best kind.
©2006 Marc Wortman; (P)2006 Tantor Media Inc
"Wortman has researched thoroughly and written clearly, thereby enhancing our knowledge of aviation history, Yale, and World War I." (Booklist)
Traveler, Reader, Political Blogger.
I bought the book with the idea that I was going to hear the exploits of ww1 pilots. Well after 10 chapters I learned about the ways the families got rich. Then there was a little aviation mixed with Yale politics and Frat houses. Finally we get into a little more Aviation from the standpoint of the Yale Frat-boys trying to start the air arm of the US Navy. Really rather boring compared to the active units of American volunteers the French British and German accounts in other books. In the end I was far from inspired. Unless you are into he lives of the elite, and or and college politics, I'd pass on this one.
The little country that amost wasn't...The Millionaires Unit helps us remember the values that made America in the first place. Feeling a responsibility borne of circumstance, just being Ameican should make one feel as though they owe the world something. This book shows why we have a place at the table in the first place, and why it is our responsibility to occupy it. Uniquely qualified to contribute, these Men of Boys take us all to the air in this Devil May Care tribute to youth, ideal, and purpose.
Former Marine 4321, former State Department public diplomacy officer. Current USAF Public Affairs Specialist
This story is so amazing. I had no idea about this element of American history - how a group of privileged young boys found the bureaucracy of the American government not only to represent the US proudly in Europe during WWI, but also to lay the groundwork for the air power that would later prove so critical in WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam and repeatedly in the Middle East.
Hats off to those brave and stalwart teens, some of whom never came home, giving the ultimate sacrifice in a war that wasn't even theirs.
This story is bold, sad and moving. I loved it.
I've had the Millionaires Unit in my wish list for three years or so....finally got around to using my credits and now i'm wishing i had done so much sooner - wonderful historic details....fascinating story of a time gone by!...when the "privilieged" felt a responsibility to folks other than themselves.....
Kenneth McLeish.....when the belgian farmer found the body of the missing american hero....
more books on WWI please...
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