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The Candy Bombers (2008)

by Andrei Cherny(Favorite Author)
4.18 of 5 Votes: 5
ISBN
0399154965 (ISBN13: 9780399154966)
languge
English
publisher
G. P. Putnam's Sons
review 1: If you have friends or family members who are isolationist, xenophobic or members of the so-called tea party, get them this book and hope they read it. This history of the Berlin Airlift demonstrates what Americans can do when they engage in world affairs and when political motivations are combined with the best the American character has to offer. The preface desribes an elderly woman openly crying in Berlin in the aftermath of September 11. After reading this book, those tears should make every American proud of his or her nation. This book is an antidote to cynicism.
review 2: A great historical - feel good - book.It has much history of events leading to the necessity of the Berlin Airlift, and the importance that event played in world history. Not only ful
... morel of the historical facts and stories that I personally find so interesting, it has a feel good component that makes one not just proud of being an American, but to belong to the human race where an empathetic act of intelligent disobedience (dropping candy to German children) can cause a monumental shift in National sentiments, affection, and foreign policy.As a side note, I was explaining this story to an LDS friend, describing the actions of the pilot (Halberson) who was from a small Utah town, leading up to the fact that he was LDS. I was stopped short, and was told that one of the members of the LDS First Presidency had recently told this story during the LDS general conference. I'm glad I discovered it accidentally, and glad it is being told in larger circles as well. less
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Monica
Simply one of the best books I've read about one of the finest moments in American history.
lovergirl
Enjoyable read. A book that helps me appreciate how minor the problems I face are.
Rose
Masterfully written. Excellent story and well told.
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