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The Fall of Fortresses: A Personal Account of the Most Daring, and Deadly, American Air Battles of World War II

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Hardcover, 258 pages
Published April 1st 1980 by Putnam Pub Group (T)
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Michael
I liked "The Fall of Fortresses" and I liked it a lot. I bought the book back in the 1980's but never got around to reading it. I found it in my collection and thought I'd give a try. I am really glad I did.

The author, Elmer Bendiner, was a Jewish U.S. Army Air Corps navigator who flew in the nose of B-17 flying fortresses during World War Two and this is his memoir. Bendiner weaves a tale of his life during those times, using a rambling style of writing in which a dozen metaphors or more appea
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Parts were really excellent and having said that,obviously, parts were not. The missions were interesting and his style of writing really accentuated that aspect of his story. Not really appreciative of the cavalier handling of the affairs he had while overseas while proclaiming his love for his wife and daughter. The first half of the book really deserves 4 stars, the last half 2 stars hence the 3 star rating.
Mike
Sep 16, 2008 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Military History Buffs
Recommended to Mike by: Dad
I love planes. Especially big ones, and especially ones that shoot stuff. I also love military history, so this book was perfect. Its an amazing account of some of the most and least successful air campaigns in World War II. A must for military history buffs, a good read for anyone.
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