Kelley's Reviews > The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s Over Germany 1944-45

The Wild Blue by Stephen E. Ambrose
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Mar 21, 2008

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Recommended for: WWII students/ Military readers
Read in January, 2002

This is one of the weakest of Stephen Ambrose WWII books. It suffers from a lack of flow. With the ground action accounts, he is able to move the reader forward geographically. With the air war account, as with the air war itself, the story is repetitive: couldn't fly, it was rainy... flew today and dropped bombs... flew today and dropped bombs... flew today etc. By way of personal accounts he captures some of the terror the air crew encountered in the form of German fighters and thick German flak.

It is subtly an attempt to rehabilitate the image of George McGovern, long time senator from South Dakota and passionate anti-war Democratic candidate for President in 1972. The book revolves around McGovern a great deal and wants to paint him as a war hero, which he undoubtedly was. But he will always be remembered as the candidate who said he would go to Hanoi and beg on his knees for the return of the POWs.

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