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I am surprised there isnt already a thread for this. 

I just finished "A Higher Call" by Adam Makos & highly recommend it!


I have read dozens of books from all eras of aviation but this one is starkly different. Most of those books focus on the actual battles which honestly is what I was looking for. This book while it does talk about some of the battles of Franz Stigler what grabbed me most was the anecdotal information about life in Germany during the war. Its a quick read about a good man, trying to do the right thing in his nations darkest hour. 

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I'm currently re-reading Johnny Got His Gun, by Dalton Trumbo: 


It was adapted into a movie, directed by Trumbo, in 1971.  And that movie was used in the video for Metallica's One.

I actually recently found out that James Cagney was in a 1940 radio production of the novel, and was thrilled to find out that a recording of it still exists!


It's really good.  Cagney is excellent.  I recommend listening if you have the time.

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Finished Erik Larson's "In the Garden of Beasts".  Interesting historical account of pre-war Berlin from perspective of the American ambassador and written in a novel-like style.  https://www.amazon.com/Garden-Beasts-Terror-American-Hitlers/dp/030740885X

I also liked Larson's book about the Lusitania "Dead Wake".  Lots of good U-boat stuff: https://www.amazon.com/Dead-Wake-Last-Crossing-Lusitania/dp/0307408876

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I picked up Roland Whites new book "Harrier 809", following 809 NAS's antics during the Falklands war. It's been extremely fun to read so far. The way he writes makes it flow like a fast paced story, but manages to cover a lot of historical details on events in a very factual way. A welcome break from some books which are very turgid and hard to read.

His previous works including "Vulcan 607" on the Black Buck raids and Phoenix Squadron describing Ark Royal and her Buccaneer squadrons flight to Belize to disuade Guatamala from invading the isolated colony. All great books and recommended reads :).

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On 2/4/2021 at 12:22 PM, Britchot said:

I thoroughly enjoyed “A Nightmare’s Prayer” by Michael Franzack

I actually own that but its sitting in my "to be read" stack. I went & purchased "Devotion" also by Adam Makos when I was about half way through A Higher Call. I am taken by his writing style & how he gets into the peoples past. So far its a very good book about one of the Navys 1st black aviators. The book goes into his Korean War service flying Corsairs but I havnt gotten that far yet. 

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