The Candy Bombers: The Untold Story of the Berlin Aircraft and America's Finest Hour [NOOK Book]

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The Candy Bombers is the true tale of the ill- assorted group of castoffs and second-stringers who saved millions of desperate people from a dire threat. By feeding and supplying West Berlin by air for nearly a year, these brave men won the hearts of America's defeated enemies, and inspired people around the world to believe in America's fundamental goodness. Their valor and ...
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The Candy Bombers: The Untold Story of the Berlin Aircraft and America's Finest Hour

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Overview

The Candy Bombers is the true tale of the ill- assorted group of castoffs and second-stringers who saved millions of desperate people from a dire threat. By feeding and supplying West Berlin by air for nearly a year, these brave men won the hearts of America's defeated enemies, and inspired people around the world to believe in America's fundamental goodness. Their valor and kind acts helped the country avoid World War III, and won the greatest battle of the Cold War-without firing a shot.


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"A successful work of popular history...an enjoyable, timely narrative."
-Dallas Morning News

"Andrei Cherny tells this story vividly, placing it on the broader canvas of the incipient Cold War."
-Michael Barone, U.S. News and World Report

"A gripping, suspenseful narrative history... Reminds me of Stephen Ambrose at his best."
-Douglas Brinkley

"A fine eye for character and detail."
-Bloomberg News

"An exciting, inspiring, and wonderfully written book."
-Walter Isaacson, author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440635953
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/17/2008
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 181,655
  • File size: 861 KB

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  • Posted July 7, 2009

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    The Accidents of History

    This book is an amazing telling of the combinations of accidents that made the Berlin Airlift. The experts thought that it was impractical and saw retreat from Berlin as the Allies only option. It was begun as a face-saving stopgap until the politicians could figure out a graceful was out of an impossible situation. It is also the story of how the compassion of one man for children he did not know became one of the brightest spots in American history.

    Everything was against the Allies in 1948 when the Soviets closed off all land and river traffic to the city of Berlin. The airlift began as a short term solution until we could formulate an exit strategy. It would have to stop entirely when winter came. Yet seeminly by accident all of the right people came together in the right place to create one of the most moving stories in human history. It is also the story of how the conqueror and the conquered came to see each other as human beings and finally come to identify with each other in the struggle against tyranny. The parallels between Berlin and democracy in 1948 and the struggles going on today in the Middle East are compelling. It makes one feel proud of the past and gives hope for the future.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

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    Good Depiction of American Heroism, Lousy Geopolitical Analysis

    Cherny, who is Czech by origin, claims Truman was one of the tough Democrats who stood up to totalitarism. Fact is, Truman allowed the Soviets to put their Czech puppets in power by the threat of brute force. In fact, the "workers police" led by Communist revolutionary and Spanish Civil War veteran Josef Pavel (ironically later jailed by his fellow Stalinists for "revisionist tendencies") had taken to the streets, smashing the offices of Democratic parties and arresting those courageous enough to stand up to the Soviet-Puppet putsch. Throughout all this, Harry Truman did NOTHING.

    He did NOTHING even when a month later, the courageous pro-West Foreign Minister Jan Masaryk was thrown out of his apartment in Czernin Palace by NKVD and Czech Secret Police thugs. Only when the Soviets, emboldened by the Czech Coup, threatened to seal off the Western-held sectors of Berlin, a miscalculation on the part of then General Dwight Eisenhower (it has been proven since that U.S. forces could have ACTUALLY gotten to Berlin ahead of the Soviets), did Truman act, sending in the airlift. Cherny is pretty much on the mark there, but since he claims to be an expert on Truman and Czechoslovakia, he's shockingly out of depth there. Cherny is a former speechwriter for Bill Clinton and supposedly an adviser to Barack Obama, as well as the chair of the Arizona Democratic Party - and like Gottwald, Slansky, Reicin and those in the Czech CP who toed the Stalin line, he's a Liberal Democrat who toes the Obama line to a tee.

    While there's some exciting narrative and he's pretty much on the mark in his description of the heroism of the American pilots who flew on the Berlin Airlift, there's not much that hasn't already been covered. His Czech observations and claims that Truman was a tough Dem need to be taken with a grain of salt. Truman proved how tough he was two years later, by not responding with decisive force against the Chinese Communists and allowed Korea, like Germany, to be divided, with the North bristling with nukes and causing millions to suffer and starve.

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  • Posted March 3, 2010

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    I was surprised by why this story is so historically significant.

    I read mostly books on World War II. When I saw this book I thought technically it is not about World War II so maybe I will not take the time to read it. I am so glad I read it.
    At times I felt like maybe the book is too long for the story. But at some point late in the book I seemed to come around to the idea that the length of the story helped me develop a stronger empathy for the people of Berlin. It helped me understand the changes that took place in their attitudes toward Americans and of American's attitudes toward Berliners and how Berliner's outlook on the importance of freedom and survival changed.
    Where can you find a story where one day American flyers are dropping bombs on their enemy and months later they are giving 110% to keep those same people alive? Enemies have become friends and friends have become enemies.
    This story has a little of everything, a tremendous struggle against the odds with big historical significance, and of course the best children and candy story I have ever read. But bottom line it is about people helping people and enemies becoming friends.
    No movie yet? Come On! Candy on a plane beats snakes on a plane any day.

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