Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe
MISSION: JIMMY STEWART AND THE FIGHT FOR EUROPE [GoodKnight Books, October 24, 2016] provides the first in-depth look at the military career of Hollywood actor James M. Stewart, beginning with his family “mission” passed on from his grandfather (a Civil War hero) and father (who served in World War I) that military service in time of war ...more
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I found the prologue really set the tone of the narrative. The author starts by describing a movie set in the baking ...more
A little from my action packed thriller fiction books, and nice to change pace.
As a film buff, former film writer and also a huge James Stewart fan.
Great to read about all his exploits in his early years in Hollywood in the 30's, and 40's before the war.
Here is where the author had done his enormous amount of research, as we follow his career in the American Air Force his training in America, then also his active flying and his mis ...more
Jimmy, born James Maitland Stewart born in 1908 in Indiana/Pennsylvania to Elizabeth Ruth (Johnson) and Alexander Maitland Stewart, who owned a hardware store. He was of Scottish, Ulster-Scots, and some English, descent. He had an amazing and tremendous career in Hollywoo ...more
The book begins with Stewart’s childhood in a small Pennsylvania town. His is a close knit family with a strong military tradition. An outstanding student, he is educated at Princeton and falls in love with theater one summer. He hits the road for Hollywood ...more
With American involvement in the war likely, the draft began. His draft number got him in early, before Pearl Harbor. He waged his own battle to get into the Air Force. Overseas. I...more
As I begin this review, I am in awe of the amount of research that went into writing this book. As with Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3 and Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II,” Robert Matzen spent years researching, conducting interviews, gathering first-hand accounts of events, and visiting actual locations wher ...more
This is an excellent history covering James Stewart's military career. Entertwined with the historical facts surrounding The WWII experiences of Clem Leone, a young enlisted man working as a radio operator in a plane under Stewart's command; Gertrud Siepmann 'Trudy' McVicker, a youngster raised in Germany during the war ...more
So how did the author write this book when Jimmy Stewart refused to talk about the war? He used research. Then he put many words and thoughts into Mr. Stewart's mouth and mind. I found this quite distracting.
At one point in the book the author writes about Mr. Stewart's thoughts about the German V-1 attacks on London on Dec. 23, 1943. The attacks didn't begin until June 13, 1944. There are similar errors. This book reads like historical fiction ...more
Jimmy Stewart refused to talk about his WWII service for the remainder of his storied life. He was already rich and famous when he voluntarily—and against the wishes of his Hollywood overseers, who in fact tried to scuttle his enlistment—joined up with the Army Air Corps as the Nazi threat became ever more grave for Europe and the world.
Stewart was a quiet, introspective man, which lent gravitas to the many historic film roles he assayed in his lengthy career. But it was this same reserve, the ...more
Jimmy Stewart the American hero off and on the screen. The selfless man who gave up the glitz and glam of Hollywood in order to fulfill what he thought was his duty. He didn't want preferential treatment. He wanted to fight like many generations before him. War aged many men. It aged Stewart none the less. From flying his single engine trainer to flights in a B-24 this book is exciting. Unlike most fiction books it has a good amount of ...more
A recent article about Jimmy Stewart's military service in WWII and his following struggle with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) encouraged me to select the book titled "Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe" by Robert Matzen for more information. I had no idea what an amazing journey I was about to take through Mr. Stewart's Philadelphia youth, college days at Princeton, Broadway, Hollywood and Army Air Corps experiences.
From the t ...more
This book gives readers a little taste of what Stewart was like as a child and gives us a few details of Jimmy the young man as he moved his way up in the entertainment industry.
However, this book gives readers a look at the horrors of war. We learn a little more about PTSD, which was referred to as shell-shock or being flak happy years ago.
This book is an important read not just b ...more
Stewart came from a family rich in military tradi ...more
In the movies, everything usually works. In the Liberators, nothing did. They were leaky, engine 3 had all the hydraulics so if it had a problem watch out, it got icy at high altitudes, if one circuit went out in a fl ...more
Published in 2017 by Blackstone Audio.
Read by Peter Berkrot.
Duration: 11 hours, 45 minutes.
Just a few months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hollywood actor Jimmy Stewart was a new recruit in the U.S. Army angling for the chance to fly a bomber in combat. At the time, he was the reigning male actor in Hollywood, having recently received the Oscar for Best Actor.
But, deep down, Jimmy Stewart wanted to continue the family tradition of military service. The Ar ...more
His forthcoming Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II, involved three years of intense research and ...more