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Masters of the Air: America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 1 nov 2007

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"Masters of the Air is a piece of history that accurately and comprehensively tells the story of the Eighth Air Force going mano a mano against a tough and determined foe. The incredible cost to both sides is recounted in riveting detail. It left me shaken."

-- Lt. Gen. Bernard E. Trainor, USMC (Ret.) and coauthor of Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq

"Miller's work is always extraordinary but this large volume is especially remarkable for its valuable recovery of details, like all the psychiactric ruin of the many bomber boys assigned to kill German civilians. This is a rare account of the American Eighth Air Force, and with so many readers hoodwinked by fantasies of The Good War, it deserves wide acceptance and ultimate enshrinement as a classic."

-- Paul Fussell, author of The Great War and Modern Memory

"When I learned that Don Miller had written a history of the air war against Germany, I knew that readers would be transported as virtual eye witnesses to this aerial battle field. His gripping reconstruction of what was happening in the planes is matched by the best account yet of what the bombings were doing to Germans on the ground. This book bears the Miller trademark: a strong narrative supported by solid history."

-- Joseph E. Persico, author of Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day Eleventh Hour: Armistice Day 1918

"Masters of the Air is a fresh new account of the incredible rise of the American air force from young men learning their trade on the job in combat to an irresistible force that swept the vaunted Luftwaffe from the skies. Author Donald L. Miller knits together the big events of the bombing campaign with illuminating individual human stories of the heroes who lived and died over Germany."

-- Walter J. Boyne, former director, National Air and Space Museum

"Over the first years of World War II, the only American casualties on European soil were flyboys shot out of the sky. Long before Normandy, America's bomber boys waged the Allies' longest WWII campaign and brought the war to Hitler. Now we are fortunate that the incomparable Donald Miller has brought the memory of these Masters of the Air back to us."

-- James Bradley, author of Flags of Our Fathers and Flyboys

"Masters of the Air is masterful narrative history, the elegantly interwoven story of the men and boys who first took the war to the heart of Germany. Vivid and meticulous, judicious but not judgmental, Donald L. Miller chronicles the air war over Europe in all its heroism and horror."

-- Geoffrey C. Ward, author of Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

"Donald L. Miller's Masters of the Air is a stunning achievement. The compound effect of the book's narrative vitality and attention to human detail is terrific in all the meanings of the word - terrifying, extraordinary, highly admirable. What a story it is!"
-- David McCullough

"Masters of the Air is a direct hit."
-- Allan R. Millett, Director, Eisenhower Center for American Studies, University of New Orleans

"For sixty years we have waited for a history to equal the epic saga of the Eighth Air Force's struggle with fighters, flak and weather on a battlefield moving at three miles per minute five miles above the earth's crust. Now it is here. With brilliant artistry, Don Miller paints the story from the pallet of the voices of the men who manned the planes or waited them out."
-- Richard B. Frank, author of Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire


Donald L. Miller is the John Henry MacCracken Professor of History at Lafayette College and author of nine books, including City of the Century: The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America, and Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America. He has hosted, coproduced, or served as historical consultant for more than thirty television documentaries and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other publications. Visit

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5.0 su 5 stelle Fast, Lively, Informative History of the Eighth Air Force 19 settembre 2016
Di Jeop1986 - Pubblicato su
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Superb history of the Eighth Air Force and its combat operations in World War II. This book puts the Daylight Precision Bombing operation into a historical context. This theoretical, untried concept was wrong-headed in so many ways. Pre-war planners eschewed the need for a long range fighter to shepherd the bombers, believing that the heavily armed B-17 could easily defend itself. Instead the plane was easy prey for Germany's fighters. The planes were not equipped to keep their crews warm at the cold altitudes at which they operated. And the Norden bombsight, tested in the clear skies over the desert in America, was problematic over Europe, where clouds cover reigned much of the year. Tactics and objectives had to be rethought again and again. Meanwhile, airmen died by the thousands. Miller moves seamlessly from broad overview to personal stories of heroism and horror to thoughtful analysis of how the massed bomber attacks on Germany affected the outcome of the war. A fast, lively, and informative read.
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5.0 su 5 stelle The American involvent in the air war over Europe during WW II written in detail that you will not believe possible. 21 aprile 2015
Di Gerald J. Vogt - Pubblicato su
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This is the most amazing book you will ever read regarding the WW II European air war from the American side. There are detailed stories in this book, from both the American, British and German side that many people, I am sure, never heard of before. Service in the Eighth Air Force over Europe was a dangerous assignment that required courage, stamina, and skill that I never realized. Skill that was often exhibited by young men in their late teens and early twenties. Many men that were away from home for the first time. Most that had never even flown in an airplane, let alone fly one in combat.

In the future, when I look at bombers from WW II that are still flying at air shows that I visit, I will look at them with an entirely different view than I did in the past. The romance of flying those planes has been replaced with the stark reality of the hell those flight crews went through, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

I knew some of those men intimately when I was growing up as a boy having been born after WW II. Some were my relatives and it is interesting to me that not one of those men ever told me about the horror they went through serving in the air crews over Europe during WW II. Not one mentioned anything about their experiences. I used to ask the former air crew members I met why they did not keep involved in flying after the war. Only my cousin answered me when he said that he associated flying with death and he had had enough of it. After reading this book, I realized what he was talking about.

Buy and read this book. You owe it to the men that were there. Many did not come home again. The author makes this era come so alive that I had to stop reading and take a break at some of the vivid detailed scenes he captured on the page of what it was like to fly over Europe for the USA
during WW II. I liked this book so much that I bought additional copies and gave them to people I know that are interested in the subject.
4 di 4 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle An 'every person should read' book 12 dicembre 2016
Di gordon - Pubblicato su
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As my father was a right waist gunner on B-17 in 390th (Framlingham, England) and flew 17 missions-shot down on 18th and PoW for 13 months in Stalag 17B-this book is a direct recount of what he told me. Each testimony is a very accurate and parallel account of his time there also.
I am presently enjoying very much for its journalistic approach and historical accuracy.
If you are interested in WWII history-particularly the Air War in Europe-this is your book. To understand what these young men went through will give you a sense of pride in their generation.
It is an excellent book and am looking ever forward to the upcoming miniseries and i thank the author for his dedication to this subject.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Unvarnished history of the US Army's Eighth Air Force 16 settembre 2008
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Donald Miller produced a well-documented and frequently harrowing account of the history of the US Army 8th Air Force, the first US Army unit to engage in combat with elements of Nazi Germany during WWII. When the vanguard of the 8th Air Force arrived in Britain the RAF was carrying out a night bombing campaign against targets in Nazi occupied Europe.

In this book you will read about strategic and tactical differences of opinion between the RAF and leadership of the US Army 8th Air Force. The 8th came to Britain to join in the fight with Germany, but in a way that had never before been attempted - high-level, precision, daylight, strategic bombing designed to deliver a knock-out blow to the industrial and economic centers of Nazi occupied Europe.

If you are like me, and have read different accounts of the war in Europe in WWII including accounts of the air war, you, like me, may have accepted the general conclusion that the daylight bombing campaign of the 8th was not only effective, but decisive. Miller's account, however, provides a rich and focused account of the risks, challenges, successes, and failures of the 8th which provide readers with a reason to revisit their opinions about the 8th's ability to carry out precision bombing.

Miller uses many, many personal accounts from individuals who were members of flight crews, ground crews, and members of command staffs as he weaves his historical account of the 8th. I was repeatedly impressed, deeply impressed, by the heroism, grit, and determination of men who climbed again and again into bombers heading to the air war over continental Europe. Time and again I had to stop reading and re-read passages of the book out loud to my wife who was likewise awed by the terrible conditions of battle and inspired by the bravery of the men in those bombers.

In the heading for this review I use the word "unvarnished." That's not because there is undue use of profanity, but because the account presented by Miller details the conditions encountered in the air: fighter attacks, flack, extreme cold, constant stress, and other challenges associated with the WWII bomber air war. The account is also "unvarnished" because of the direct and candid description of the challenges in carrying out precision bombing...which from many accounts was not as precise as we may have been led to believe.

This book was outstanding. If you are interested in the military history of WWII in general, and of the air war in specific, then you will greatly enjoy this book.

5 stars all the way!
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5.0 su 5 stelle A thorough description of the most massive use of air power in the history of the world. 16 ottobre 2016
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A wonderful history for my experience as a B-17 bombardier flying 15 missions in the 8th AF. I was captured at Regensburg after 15 missions and became a POW at Stalag Luft I for 15 months. Masters of the Air filled in gaps of knowledge and the gave me an understanding of the strategic and political events relating to my experience.