The Candy Bombers

The Candy Bombers

The Untold Story of the Berlin Airlift and America's Finest Hour

Book - 2009
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"What an exciting, inspiring, and wonderfully-written book this is....Each page has lessons for today, and it is also a thrilling narrative to read." --Walter Isaacson, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Steve Jobs

The masterfully told story of the unlikely men who came together to make the Berlin Airlift one of the great military and humanitarian successes of American history.

On the sixtieth anniversary of the Berlin Airlift, Andrei Cherny tells a remarkable story with profound implications for the world today. In the tradition of the best narrative storytellers, he brings together newly unclassified documents, unpublished letters and diaries, and fresh primary interviews to tell the story of the ill-assorted group of castoffs and second-stringers who not only saved millions of desperate people from a dire threat but changed how the world viewed the United States, and set in motion the chain of events that would ultimately lead to the dismantling of the Berlin Wall and to America's victory in the Cold War.

On June 24, 1948, intent on furthering its domination of Europe, the Soviet Union cut off all access to West Berlin, prepared to starve the city into submission unless the Americans abandoned it. Soviet forces hugely outnumbered the Allies', and most of America's top officials considered the situation hopeless. But not all of them.

Harry Truman, an accidental president, derided by his own party; Lucius Clay, a frustrated general, denied a combat command and relegated to the home front; Bill Tunner, a logistics expert downsized to a desk job in a corner of the Pentagon; James Forrestal, a secretary of defense beginning to mentally unravel; Hal Halvorsen, a lovesick pilot who had served far from the conflict, flying transport missions in the backwater of a global war--together these unlikely men improvised and stumbled their way into a uniquely American combination of military and moral force unprecedented in its time.

This is the forgotten foundation tale of America in the modern world, the story of when Americans learned, for the first time, how to act at the summit of world power--a masterful and exciting work of historical narrative, and one with strong resonance for our time.
Publisher: New York :, Berkley Caliber,, 2009.
Edition: Berkley Caliber trade paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780425227718
0425227715
Branch Call Number: 943.1550874 CH
Characteristics: xiv, 624 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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d2013 Dec 24, 2013

Kleenex please! Wonderful story.

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Mar 22, 2011

This book was an emotional roller coaster, at times making me laugh, other times bringing tears to my eyes. Truly an excellent and entertaining description of a near-miraculous event in history.

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