In today’s blog post, I will be discussing and reviewing a new book being released today on June 8th, 2021 called Above The Reich by Colin Heaton & Anne-Marie Lewis. I was lucky enough to receive a pre-released copy for free from Random Penguin House agency Dutton Caliber for an honest review. The book was very enlightening and informative.
To start my review off I want to repeat the words in the title. They go “Deadly Dogfights, Blistering Bombing Raids, and Other War Stories from the Greatest American Air Heroes of World War II, in Their Own Words” and that to me was honestly the most accurate description. The book is just filled to the brim with stories about the war and you almost feel like you are reading a fictional novel but then it hits you. Every word is true and is being told by the person who experienced these intense life and death moments in a war that was literally hell on earth. Realizing this just hit me in the gut each time it occurred it to my mind that this was real and made reading this book even more heart-wrenching.
Each account from up in the skies is compelling and sucks you into what really happened with true emotions of the time. These stories should forever be cherished as they slip away from the world. WWII wasn’t so long ago and the impact it had on the world is something that can never be forgotten at all cost. War like this should never occur again.
My favorite of this book being made up of eyewitness accounts is the fact that you get different perspectives with each person and readers are immersed into that time. It is important to know facts but beyond that, it is also vital to understand what motivated events. The why beyond each individual action helps teach and gives understanding to how such travesties occurred and why there was a WWII. This is so important.
All in all, I give this book a 4.5 out 5 stars and would whole-heartedly recommend it readers who love history. It was emotional, factual, captivating, and a fairly fast read. It definitely helped me put some more puzzle pieces in my mind about what WWII was like and how pilots risking their lives felt. As a reader and history lover, I cannot ask for more!
They are voices lost to time. Beginning in the late 1970s, five veteran airmen sat for private interviews. Decades after the guns fell silent, they recounted in vivid detail the most dangerous missions that made the difference in the war. Ed Haydon dueled with the deadliest of German aces–and forced him to the ground. Robert Johnson racked up twenty-seven kills in his P-47 Thunderbolt, but nearly lost his life when his plane was shot to ribbons and his guns jammed. Cigar-chomping Curtis LeMay was the Air Corps general who devised the bomber tactics that pummeled Germany’s war machine. Robin Olds was a West Point football hero who became one of the most dogged, aggressive fighter pilots in the European theater, relentlessly pursuing Germans in his P-38 Lightning. And Jimmy Doolittle became the most celebrated American airman of the war–maybe even of all time–after he led the audacious raid to bomb Tokyo. Today these heroes are long gone, but now, in this incredible volume, they tell their stories in their own words.
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