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Daring Young Men: The Heroism and Triumph of the Berlin Airlift---June 1948-May 1949 MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged

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  • Publisher: Tantor Audio; MP3 - Unabridged CD edition (Jan. 25 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400164028
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400164028
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 18.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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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

About 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 Fifty Narrators of the Twentieth Century.

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Some books see history from the top down, describing what was done by the supposed 'Greats' who receive most of the attention in the press. Others look from the bottom up at how those same events involved ordinary people. This well-research and well-written book does an excellent job at describing the Berlin Airlift from the perspective of all who participated, from President Truman and General Clay at the top, to the USAF pilots and mechanics, many of them recalled WWII veterans, who flew and maintained the planes. The success of the airlift rests on both Truman's 'We stay in Berlin. Period' and the courage of those pilots flying in all sorts of weather. As you might expect from the title, Daring Young Men, the book touches on but does not explore in depth what the airlift meant to the people of Berlin. For that, you'll need to read other books.

There are also several broader themes in the book:

* The airlift anticipated both today's almost all-weather air travel and an 'all air all the way' freight business. What the USAF was doing in the 1940s, is what corporate American began doing in the 1980s. Sometimes the military does something first and others follow.

* We should never forget that the heroism of Great Britain did not end with the fall of Berlin. It continued on with the major assistance that an impoverished post-war UK made to an airlift to rescue their former foe's capital city from a communist dictatorship. Reeves doesn't say so outright, but it is easy to suspect that in the long run Britain benefited from their generosity.
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Absolutely, an incredible story, well written, entertaining and informative.
I have now given several copies as gifts. Good read for men and Women. YOu don't even have to be 'into' war stories, this one is very,very human.
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New View of An Old Topic Jan. 18 2010
By David W. Overton - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent book. As Tom Brokaw suggests on the dust cover, it is highly readable. It is also important history that has been covered in quite a few other books, but, remarkably, there seem to be many people who are unfamiliar with that history or prone to confuse it with the much later building of the Berlin Wall.

The author is able to mingle important events with some very engaging miniportraits of participants at all levels in the crisis. The German residents of Berlin are given voices, and the German airplane loaders and mechanics are real people here. His book is also unlike other works by American writers by giving more space and detail to the British/Commonwealth contribution to the airlift.

I feel I am a good test of the book's merits because I lived in Berlin during the blockade as an American dependent and joined many others in watching the American planes land at Tempelhof and the occasional British Sunderland land on Wansee. I have also read many other books on this topic. Without taking anything away from a fine piece of work, I would suggest that there are a few places where the proofreading left a little to be desired. For example, the General Clay I remember lived around the corner from us in a district called Dahlem, not Darmstadt as the author suggests at two points.

Overall, a fine contribution to the literature.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Absorbing history written by a superb writer Jan. 24 2010
By Jedrury - Published on Amazon.com
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To Richard Reeves, the Berlin Airlift was more that an eleven month heroic effort to supply the beleaguered Berliners; it was the true beginning of the Cold War, the pre-launch for the ultimate unification of Germany, and the beginning of the modern air cargo transport business. Reeves skillfully weaves together airmens' tales, Berliners recollections and the histories of the likes of Harry Truman, Ernest Bevan, Willy Brandt, Lucius Clay, William Tunner and others to give the reader a complete, satisfying and often wry recounting of heroism, extraordinary generosity and human kindness. This is a wonderful book for World War II history and aviation buffs alike.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Great Read! Jan. 19 2010
By Jason Saltoun-Ebin - Published on Amazon.com
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Great read! I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in World War II/Cold War history or aviation history.

The book is easy to read and fun as well -- it really reads like a novel. Plus, as an American, it is great to read about our armed forces doing the impossible -- keeping a city alive through only air support. The human side was also really touching as the pilots making the airlifts -- now called "angels in uniform" by the Berliners -- were many of the same pilots who made the devastating bombing runs just a few years before.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The airborne version of Dunkirk Feb. 9 2010
By wogan - Published on Amazon.com
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Richard Reeves writes an historical account that reads like a novel. You can really see everything with his ability to form pictures with his words. Reading this is like listening to my father and his old brown boot army buddies; I felt like I was back there years ago listening to these men tell of their problems and triumphs. He has captured their spirit and stories, in his descriptions of Clay, of the stoppages of trains and convoys into Berlin as the crisis grew. Even glide ratios are given and technical details are made interesting and blended into the narrative
The book is amazingly complete; no where else have I read the stories of the `lost wives' club, how the families of the pilots and ground personnel ordered into service had to leave their wives and families and the problems they experienced. It is so good to have recorded the stories of the enlisted men, which so many historians overlook. There is much written about Lt. Gail Halvorsen who became renowned as the candy bomber.
As someone who flew into Templehof in the 70's and stayed in Berlin; I can attest to the fact that no where else in Europe were Americans more loved and respected than in Berlin. Everyone had personal stories that they loved to tell
The stories of the problems and triumphs are all told; including the crashes and loss of life. The airlift was not all wonderful; the frustrations are presented, the bone weariness and low morale are described as well as the elation of a mission accomplished. This is an unbelievable true story that should not be forgotten and this book has presented its' history in a well done chronicle worth reading.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Daring Young Men..Buy it NOW Oct. 21 2010
By Anthony D. Magnetto - Published on Amazon.com
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Every American between the ages of 15 and 55 should read this book. It presents an important part of American history that is almost never mentioned in today's revisionist world. It is a story of individual valor and heroic devotion to duty by men who were just beginning to get their civilian lives back in order and who only 2 years prior were fighting in WWII against the very country that they now,by 1948, were risking their lives to feed and clothe and rebuild. It also gives the reader a glimpse into the courage of President Truman and the utter evil of the Soviet Union. If I had the money I would send a copy of Daring Young Men to every high school in the USA so our children could be made aware of this incredible story. Hopefully, someone will have the financial backing to bring this story to the big screen> What a glorious movie this would make as these heroes dedicated themselves to crashing through the Iron Curtain providing relief to Germany.