The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s Over Germany Audiobook [Free Download by Trial]

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The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s Over Germany by Stephen E. Ambrose

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Stephen Ambrose is the acknowledged dean of the historians of World War II in Europe. In three highly acclaimed, bestselling volumes, he has told the story of the bravery, steadfastness, and ingenuity of the ordinary young men, the citizen soldiers, who fought the enemy to a standstill -- the band of brothers who endured together.



  • The book doesn't dive deep into the intricate workings of daily operations or provide thorough strategic discussions of the air war, but it brings you up close and personal with the crew. It's your typical Ambrose style, giving you a genuine feel for the characters in the story.
  • I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical when the author mentioned being close friends with McGovern, the main character of the story. It made me question the objectivity of the author. However, since the overall story isn't inherently controversial, I guess it's not a big issue. If McGovern had made any major mistakes as a pilot or officer, they would have surely been uncovered before this book was even written, given his political career. The story was well developed, and I particularly enjoyed the background information on each character and their training. The narrator has a nice voice with good rhythm, but I personally didn't feel it was the best fit for this book. However, I understand that this is subjective and it may vary for each listener. (You can listen to the audio sample to judge for yourself.)
  • The book offers some intriguing facts, but it fails to captivate the reader with its narrative. Personally, I would have preferred more exciting and engaging tales, filled with thrilling exploits, interesting anecdotes, and noteworthy incidents. In essence, it primarily focuses on recounting George McGovern's experience as a bomber pilot in the USAF.