Bomber County: The Lost Airmen of World War Two

ISBN: 978-0-241-14417-6
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I kind of loved this book. Most of the WW2 books I have will get recycled in some way, either by giving them to friends or reselling to local bookstores. But I'm keeping this one. I'd give it 10 out 5 stars, if that is even possible. This book is a personal journey that uses archive material and poetry to follow the path of the author's grandfather, who was a bomber pilot and died near the end of the war. Now don't get thrown off by the poetry part. Poetry isn't always about rhyming couplets and star-crossed youths; it is very often a cultural snapshot of the time and of great significance to researchers. The archive materials chart the path of the grandfather; the poems chart the path of the time and place, and this creates a most readable and thoughtful narrative.

Please also check out WW2DB Managing Editor C. Peter Chen's review of Bomber County.

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