Features 122 photographsincluding many previously unpublished images by famed combat photographer Robert Capaand 4 maps.
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What elevates The Sky Men well above the ordinary is the author’s approach. Kirk Ross sheds an unsparing light on his subjects and pulls no punches in his narrative. He thus constructs a forthright picture of these men and their behavior in the front lines and behind the lines. Often, it isn’t pretty. Ross is as unflinching in his descriptions of the men’s whoring and drinking in England as he is of the horrors of front-line combat and the blunders——at many levels——that led to the deaths of so many of these men.
Some readers——especially those who bask in the rosy nostalgic glow of such works as The Greatest Generation——might be put off by this aspect of The Sky Men and tempted to dismiss it as yet another attempt at "myth debunking." Resist that temptation. The Sky Men is, from start to finish, suffused with an abiding respect of these men and their courage and dedication. Such an honest, powerful narrative should not diminish our admiration of these men and our appreciation of their service. Quite the contrary, by showing that these men were not plaster saints but flesh-and-blood soldiers and that every inch of every advance was made possible only by their blood and suffering, their courage and grit, The Sky Men only serves to increase our appreciation of the service and sacrifices not only this small band of paratroopers, but of all those who fought in World War II. (Scott Belliveau, former Acquisitions Editor, Naval Institute Press)
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