Daring Young Men: The Heroism and Triumph of the Berlin Airlift, June 1948-May 1949

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The Second World War had been over for three years when pilots, navigators, and air traffic controllers all over America were recalled to active duty to rescue Berlin. They were there within days and weeks, flying tired planes filled with food, coal, medicine, and mail. Many had bombed the place to rubble in 1944 and 1945. Now they and the British airmen were bringing it survival. Drawing on hundreds of interviews in the United States, Germany, and Great Britain, bestselling author Richard Reeves tells the ...
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The Second World War had been over for three years when pilots, navigators, and air traffic controllers all over America were recalled to active duty to rescue Berlin. They were there within days and weeks, flying tired planes filled with food, coal, medicine, and mail. Many had bombed the place to rubble in 1944 and 1945. Now they and the British airmen were bringing it survival. Drawing on hundreds of interviews in the United States, Germany, and Great Britain, bestselling author Richard Reeves tells the stories of these civilian airmen, the successors to Stephen Ambrose's "Civilian Soldiers," ordinary boys called to extraordinary tasks.

Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin had ordered Berlin blockaded, betting that the Americans, the British, and the French would abandon the city. Many of President Truman's advisers wanted to retreat; others wanted to risk war with the USSR. Truman ordered the Berlin Airlift, neither retreat nor confrontation. It ended only when West Germany was established by the three powers and NATO was born. The Soviets did the backing down. Led by Generals Lucius Clay and Curtis LeMay, the first battle in the Cold War was won. The young men came home again, some of them trying to remember where they had left their cars.

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"With considerable insight, Richard Reeves brings this dramatic first great battle of the Cold War to life.... This is a wonderful book, richly told." —-Jay Winik, author of the New York Times bestseller The Great Upheaval
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400114023
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/25/2010
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Reeves is the bestselling author of three presidential biographies, President Kennedy, President Nixon, and President Reagan.

Johnny Heller has narrated some five hundred books and garnered a bunch of swell awards and accolades, including Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards, Audie Awards and nominations, AudioFile Earphones Awards, and selection as one of AudioFile magazine's Top 50 Narrators of the 20th Century.

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  • Posted February 3, 2010

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    A GREAT Read

    Richard Reeves book on the airlift, frankly, is a triumph. I could not put it down. So many human stories about how people reacted to being reactivated and sent to Berlin.

    Reeves also does a good job of describing what the citizen of Berlin went through during the airlift by mining some of the diaries and letters from the time period.

    He also looks at some of the major decisions made by the communist leaders of East Germany and the Soviet Union and does an admirable job of explaining how East and West Germany formed.

    While not completely comprehensive - it is a wonderful book about a very important time in world history. I highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Highly recommended-great history Americans should know

    Great book. I recommended it to my son who is a pilot of business jets. He was surprised to learn of many of the advancements to aviation that came from the airlift as was I. I was a first-gr.ader in 1948 and I remember reading about the airlift in the paper and seeing the newsreels at rhe movie. But this book really brought it to life again and showed the true American spirit, how we can come to the aid of our former enemies, who are real people. This single event really helped end WWII and get the Europeans back together after a long and bitter struggle. Little did Stalin know what his attempt to cutoff Berlin would have on the west.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

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    The Berlin Airlift clearly explained.

    An excellent read on a poorly remembered subject. The book lays out the factual details of the airlift as well as its political difficulties and effects. The author takes the time to put a human face on a number of the participants in the airlift thus preventing this from being a simple historical description. If for nothing else, the book should be read to remind younger generations of Americans of the sacrifices made by their fathers and grandfathers on behalf of a besieged and defeated Germany as well as the free world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2010

    Did not live up to my expectations

    Difficult to follow the chronology. Altho extensively researched many technical aspects were inaccurate. (I have flown those aircraft)

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  • Posted February 25, 2010

    Great Reading & Very Educational on a historic event that is almost forgotten!

    I ordered this book because my older brother flew as a flight mechanic during the Berlin Airlift and later served in the Air Force in Korea. Both events are almost totally forgotten in American History.

    To my surprise, the book provided more than just historical information that I was seeking, but also was very entertaining and captivating to read! I have talked to quite a cross-section of people since reading the book and not one knew the Berlin Airlift ever existed! The book prvoided me an insight into how important the Airlift was to U. S. Cold War Era Policy. And, how close we came to abandoning central Europe after WW-II.
    The author has a engaging style of "incident" or "Short Story Telling" to make his historic points, which keeps you coming back for more!

    A Great Read and a Historical Significant Book on a Group of "Daring Young Men" who were also part of the Great Generation!!

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Daring Young Men

    The story of the Berlin Airlift is one of American and British tenacity and courage. Some American politicans wanted to abandon Berlin to the Russians;Harry Truman's response was we stay in Berlin period!Richard Reeves writes about this epic story of suppling Berlin by air when the Russians cut off land access. It is a fabulous read.You will learn about General William F Tunner the man who really made the airlift work,and about the men who were called back to active duty by President Truman who flew the C-54's for the USAF and USN,some of whom had flown bombers during World War II,and about Britain's Royal Air Force flying smaller C-47's.You will also learn about the people of Berlin and the city where there was little food,and no lights or power. This book is enlightening,shocking,and superbly researched.It is an eye-opener and a part of history every American should come to understand.

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