Customer Reviews for

The Few: The American "Knights of the Air" Who Risked Everything to Fight in the Battle of Britain

Average Rating 4.5
( 35 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(27)

4 Star

(5)

3 Star

(3)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 35 Customer Reviews
Page 1 of 2
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2006

    I read a book a week

    As he did with The Longest Winter, Mr. Kershaw keeps alive the stories of the heroes of WW2.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2006

    UNKNOWN HEROES

    This was a fun, fast read and really brought the Battle of Britain to life through eyes of American pilots but also the German flyers. These Americans gave up everything to save the free world and the story is well told and inspiring. Recommended highly for anyone interested in history and flying.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted January 2, 2010

    Not only was I enlightend,I have a better feeling for Churchill's remark about so many owing so much to so few.

    Shortly after reading the book, I watched the movie "Pearl Harbor" in which the lead character found himself being "ordered" to the Eagle Squadron by reporting immediately to London for duty. This, before the Pearl Harbor bombing. That's why "the book" is always better than "the movie"!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2008

    brave americans amidst Britain's darkest hour

    Exceptional reading, realism and factual drama of both the allies and the German airmen. The visuals are awesome and emotions intense.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2007

    An excellent book and well worth the read!

    During the Viet Nam war when Canadians were welcoming American draft dodgers and deserters, I wrote that there was another time when young American men broke American law and were welcomed by the Canadians. Only then it was Americans going to Canada to join the RCAF or a few who continued to England to join the RAF and fight the Battle of Britain. This is the story of that few . . . and what a story it is. Alex Kershaw brings it to life with an up close and personal view of their lives as well as the lives of the other young pilots in Spitfires and Hurricanes plus the German view of the battle from Me-109s and 110s. Excellent and detailed descriptions of dogfights seem like fiction until you check the footnotes and find that they are taken from many actual individual combat reports. An excellent book and well worth the read! Alex Kershaw also wrote The Bedford Boys.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2007

    The Battle of Britain, as seen by the pilots

    The story of young Americans, pilots without military flying experience, who defying US Law, found a way to fly with the RAF, defending Britain from the Luftwaffe in the most critical period of the war. Told as though you are there with them, seeing what they saw, living and dying with them. A great read - even if it did happen before I was born.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted February 14, 2013

    Another classic tale by Alex Kershaw. Alex Kershaw is the best

    Another classic tale by Alex Kershaw. Alex Kershaw is the best history writer on Earth today, this true life story is spun into a fascinating tale of Battle of Britian 1940 between German fighter pilots vs English fighter pilots (some of them USA men), very good tale. Awesome writing.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted February 12, 2013

    Aerial battles between Nazis planes (figher pilots) vs. England'

    Aerial battles between Nazis planes (figher pilots) vs. England's small but very efficient Spitfire figher planes during WWII (battle of Britian)! I felt like I was in a movie, a character alongside the real life participants, this author made me feel like these events were taking place in a real life setting! Incredibly well wirtten, insightful, GREAT BOOK!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    Better than the movie Memphis Belle. Story is about Battle of B

    Better than the movie Memphis Belle. Story is about Battle of Britian world war two, spitfire fighter planes piloted by USA men, British men outmanuvering German planes. Exciting, amazing book. Highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about history, WW2.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Best aviation book ever written. WW two story of Battle of Brit

    Best aviation book ever written. WW two story of Battle of Britian air battles, very fun book to read! Brave fighters in Spitfire(s) planes battling the Nazis, some of the American men in Britian (USA had not yet entered war, 1940). Very good book. Five star.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Fearless story of WW2 fight pilots in Spitfire planes fighting N

    Fearless story of WW2 fight pilots in Spitfire planes fighting Nazi planes' during Battle of Britian WW2. It it like you are a character in the story, there yourself. This author is very very good at telling the story, highly recommmened.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Made me feel like I could accomplish anything in life if I gave

    Made me feel like I could accomplish anything in life if I gave 100% effort! Motivating WW2 tale, very good! Intense battle scene(s), anyone interested in WW2 should buy and read Alex Kershaw's book The Envoy, very succinct and entertaining, learned a lot! VERY WELL DONE!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Five star book! Best WW2 book ever written, in my opinion! Any

    Five star book! Best WW2 book ever written, in my opinion! Anyone seeking a great motivational tale and/or lessons that can improve your daily life, I recommend reading Alex Kershaw! This WW2 book is about the battle of Britian (the Nazis attempt to destory england before they stopped and focues their effors more so on Russis). Aviation plane called the Spitfire, small lethal and/or efficient destoryed the big, bad well equiped overconfident Nazi planes, prolonging Nazis efforts to conquer England, before they focues more on Russia, thus changing all of world history! The Nazis would have been able to conquer England had it not been for a plane called the Spitfire and/or fearless pilot(s) of the planes, small, fast, efficient, they destoryed Nazi planes, prolonged the efforts of their retreat and getting ready for war with Germany!, Germans, fought long and/or hard against Britian during battle of Britian but their efforts were delayed by British planes called Spitfires (some piloted by USA men), before USA entered WW2. SUPERERBLY wriitten, so many facts about WW2, world history laid out in a clear, fun, easy to understand format! This writer is definetly talented, AWESOME AWESOME BOOK! VERY MUCH SOMETHING I RECOMMEND TO ANY READER!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted February 17, 2013

    Tip-top aviation battle book. Far superior to anything ever wri

    Tip-top aviation battle book. Far superior to anything ever written on the topic of warfare, fighter pilots, aerial battling. Alex Kershaw is a gifted writer, historian. Perfection in his research, writing style, presentation of facts of WWII aerial battling during battle of Britian. Very uplifting tale. Top-notch nonfiction book.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted February 5, 2013

    Most exciting battle book ever written. Alex Kershaw is very ta

    Most exciting battle book ever written. Alex Kershaw is very talented in painting the picture, brutalities of warfare. Battle of Britian aerial battles between England and Germany, very good book.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    GRIPPING

    GRIPPING

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted March 10, 2013

    Must have for aviation lovers, very good book of WWII fighter pi

    Must have for aviation lovers, very good book of WWII fighter pilots battling it out.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted March 8, 2013

    Truly fascinating aerial fighting battle between Germans and Bri

    Truly fascinating aerial fighting battle between Germans and British Spitfire planes. Just read on MSNBC about Spitfire planes found in Asia that were hid form Japanese, reminded me of this great book. It was a awesome, get in the cockpit of WWII battles in the air, that is what this book fealt like.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted March 7, 2013

    Dark topic of aviation warfare during battle of britian wwii, ma

    Dark topic of aviation warfare during battle of britian wwii, made fun, very entertaining, good book.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    LOVE THE MOVIE TOP GUN? THIS BOOK IS BETTER THAN THAT!

    LOVE THE MOVIE TOP GUN? THIS BOOK IS BETTER THAN THAT!

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 35 Customer Reviews
Page 1 of 2