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The Star of Africa: The Story of Hans Marseille, the Rogue Luftwaffe Ace Who Dominated the WWII Skies

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  • Posted November 9, 2012

    The best air combat biography ever written in my opinion. I have

    The best air combat biography ever written in my opinion. I have read Tate, Kurowski and others who wrote about Marseille, and all are very good books, and all of those have much better photograph selections. Aside from the photos, this book has it all: technical details, great descriptions of air combat, political intrigues, the Holocaust knowledge historians always assumed Marseille had, his love life in great detail, and his true opinions of Goring, Hitler, Mussolini and many others.

    What also sets this this book apart from other Marseille biographies are the great number of first person accounts from others who flew with or knew, perhaps just met Marseille. These small personal snippets of history bring Marseille back to life in a very humorous, and moving way.

    Also described in much greater detail than in any other work is his humanity. The comment by Edu Neumann that "we are soldiers not animals" rung solid, given the notoroius history of the Third Reich. The comments and attitudes of the other JG-27 pilots interviewed are also of great historical relevance. This book should be required military reading on leadership topics, as well as conduct in war and the exceptions to the general rule that occur in every conflict.

    The air combat scenes are so vivid, if this were an audio book, you could close your eyes and see the aircraft spinning, diving and feel the impact of rounds. Absolutely first rate work.d

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  • Posted December 8, 2012

    Unbelievably great story about a very unique pilot.

    Unbelievably great story about a very unique pilot.

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  • Posted November 29, 2012

    Absolutely fantastic! Read this in one sitting, and it was the b

    Absolutely fantastic! Read this in one sitting, and it was the best book I ever read.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    I read this book in five hours. I have read Kurowski and Tate, a

    I read this book in five hours. I have read Kurowski and Tate, as well as other books about or referencing Marseille. This book is the only one you will need to know who this man was, what he accomplished, and what the average German pilot thought about their government. You will also not need to read anything else to get the gripping drama of air combat and the physical and psychological impact of constant combat. I started this book as most people, not very empathetic to any German. I finished this book wishing I could have known this man, and the others interviewed. Humanity can be found everyehere, and this book proves it. Must read.

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  • Posted November 21, 2012

    The book had great information, and I learned a lot. But the pho

    The book had great information, and I learned a lot. But the photos were lacking. Most of these have been used before, so there was really nothing new here. The combat descriptions and personal information given by others was the best part.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    I was a US Navy F-14 fighter pilot, and we learned all about the

    I was a US Navy F-14 fighter pilot, and we learned all about the fighter tactics of the Germans, Japanese and our own boys in WW II. This book could be a textbook on what NOT to do, but how to get away with it if you do. Star of Africa is the kind of book that entertains, educates, and captivates. This is a book you do not want to put down, trust me. read this book, slip back in time, and realize that if the Germans had 10,000 Marseilles, we could have lost the air war. Absolutely the best air combat biography I ever read, and I thought that Robin Olds' book was the best. It takes a back seat now.

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  • Posted November 18, 2012

    Great book about a great fighter pilot. Action packed and backed

    Great book about a great fighter pilot. Action packed and backed by research.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2012

    Outstanding biography of w ell known subject, packed with new in

    Outstanding biography of w ell known subject, packed with new information, exciting combat and the most insane stories ever told about Marseille. The authors use of the first person, gathered from many interviews paints a picture of a great pilot who, by all accounts was fighting on the wrong side of the war. I got this book, and read it in one day. I have read hundreds of books, and I am an expert on the Luftwaffe and WW II. I met Edu Neumann, Galland and many others. I spoke with them about Marseille, and this book only confirmed ths stories. I have not read, and dare say will never read a book as good as this one on air combat. There was a black and white German film about Marseille with the same title, his nickname. I would like to see this book as a remake, it would be a great film if done correctly. On another note, I found the tables, corroborating victory lists, statistics and confirmations of who shot down who probably the best part of the book. The air combat scenes make you feel as if you were there, strapped in watching the events unfold. Whether or not you like war stories, read this book as a human interest story. You will be very surprised at just how much better this biography on Marseille is than any ever written before. I guarantee it. Rated more than 5 stars but that is as high as it goes here.

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