On the heels of the bestselling "Nothing Like It in the World" comes the story of the young men who flew in the B24s over Germany in World War II. "The Wild Blue" will be published simultaneously with the Dreamworks/HBO ten-part series, "Band of Brothers", based on Ambrose's bestselling account of Easy Company on its journey from training camps in ...
On the heels of the bestselling "Nothing Like It in the World" comes the story of the young men who flew in the B24s over Germany in World War II. "The Wild Blue" will be published simultaneously with the Dreamworks/HBO ten-part series, "Band of Brothers", based on Ambrose's bestselling account of Easy Company on its journey from training camps in England to Hitler's headquarters.
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If you are older than10 you should read this and get an education about the greatest generation. Book was in excellant condition with fast delivery. Alibris does it again. *****
Dec 18, 2012
My dad was a tail gunner in WWII and flew 30 missions over occupied territory. This book is the perfect depiction of what it was like for these men and boys who flew the B24s. This is coming from my dad who also read the book.
Dec 2, 2010
The Wild Blue
AN excellent account of the men and boys who flew B-24s over Europe during WW II.
The book is filled with accounts of young boys who were transformed into men
as a result of the deadly missions they flew.
Joe X. T
Sep 16, 2010
This book is a semi-biography on George McGovern and has little to do with B-24 war-wide missions. Poor read.
Sep 25, 2008
Excellent - with just the right description.
My husband, who is not a heavy duty book reader, couldn't put it down. Stephen E. Ambrose is a fabulous author.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-06-04 Brought to life by best-selling historian Ambrose (author of more than 20 books), here is one of America's forgotten workhorse weapons of WWII the B-24 bomber. Carrying a heavier payload than the glamorous B-17 Flying Fortress, the B-24, nicknamed the Liberator, also filled the skies over Germany, bombing troops, oil refineries, factories and other strategic targets. South Dakota-born George S. McGovern was 22 when he became a B-24 pilot in the 741st Bomb Squadron, based in Cerignola, Italy. Though basing the book largely on McGovern's 35 missions, for which he won the Distinguished Flying Cross, Ambrose includes many other stories about the men who flew over Germany and eastern Europe. As Ambrose makes abundantly clear, the planes were not fun to fly. The crew faced inside temperatures of 50 below zero, sat in cramped seats and suffered high casualty rates. Ambrose follows pilots and crews from start to finish where they were from, their backgrounds, training, bravery and heroism as they did their part to help win the war. Today there are only four B-24s left of the 18,300 that once made up the force. While this book leans largely toward hagiography of the everymen it depicts, it also clearly refutes lies spread about McGovern's service during the 1972 presidential campaign. Photos not seen by PW. (Aug.) Forecast: Any book with the Ambrose name should do a short stint on bestseller lists; this one should pick up some (largely unrelated) momentum from the Pearl Harbor anniversary and film. The book's release coincides with the airing of a 10-part Dreamworks/ HBO series based on Ambrose's Band of Brothers. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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