The Few: The American

The Few: The American ""Knights of the Air"" Who Risked Everything to Save Britain in the Summer of 1940

by Alex Kershaw
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The Few: The American ""Knights of the Air"" Who Risked Everything to Save Britain in the Summer of 1940 by Alex Kershaw

The Few tells the dramatic and unforgettable story of eight young Americans who joined Britain's Royal Air Force, defying their country's neutrality laws and risking their U.S. citizenship to fight side-by-side with England's finest pilots in the summer of 1940-over a year before America entered the war. Flying the lethal and elegant Spitfire, they became "knights of the air" and with minimal training but plenty of guts, they dueled the skilled and fearsome pilots of Germany's Luftwaffe. By October 1940, they had helped England win the greatest air battle in the history of aviation. Winston Churchill once said of all those who fought in the Battle of Britain, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." These daring Americans were the few among the "few." Now, with the narrative drive and human drama that made The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter national bestsellers, Alex Kershaw tells their story for the first time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306815904
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 08/28/2007
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 138,521
File size: 624 KB

About the Author

Alex Kershaw is the author of the widely acclaimed and bestselling books The Bedford Boys, The Longest Winter, and The Few, and two biographies: Jack London and Blood and Champagne: The Life and Times of Robert Capa. He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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Few: The American Knights of the Air Who Risked Everything to Fight in the Battle of Britain 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As he did with The Longest Winter, Mr. Kershaw keeps alive the stories of the heroes of WW2.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Exceptional reading, realism and factual drama of both the allies and the German airmen. The visuals are awesome and emotions intense.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Classic Kershaw, well written and researched. Loved it. Would like more after war details of pilots in future additions.
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