The Few: The American ""Knights of the Air"" Who Risked Everything to Save Britain in the Summer of 1940

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The Few tells the dramatic and unforgettable story of eight young Americans who joined Britain's Royal Air Force, defying their country's neutrality laws and risking their U.S. citizenship to fight side-by-side with England's finest pilots in the summer of 1940-over a year before America entered the war. Flying the lethal and elegant Spitfire, they became "knights of the air" and with minimal training but plenty of guts, they dueled the skilled and fearsome pilots of Germany's Luftwaffe. By October 1940, they had helped England win the greatest air battle in the history of aviation. Winston Churchill once said of all those who fought in the Battle of Britain, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." These daring Americans were the few among the "few." Now, with the narrative drive and human drama that made The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter national bestsellers, Alex Kershaw tells their story for the first time.

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About the Author:

Alex Kershaw is the author of the widely acclaimed and bestselling books The Bedford Boys, The Longest Winter, and The Few, and two biographies: Jack London and Blood and Champagne: The Life and Times of Robert Capa. He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

From AudioFile:

WWII's Battle of Britain is so tense it is almost suspenseful in Scott Brick's narration of a story that focuses on seven U.S. airmen who risked life, limb, and citizenship to join the British Air Force during the period of U.S. neutrality. Listeners are taken aboard Spitfires, Messerschmitts, and bombers to see it all from the air. Brick is at his best when voicing the memories of the American pilots, but Churchill, Hitler, Goering, and others make appearances. Brick's German accents are a bit stereotypical, but his British upper-crust fly boys and earnest Americans are on target. Daily routines on base and tense air combat scenes are filled with technical and military information. Still the story moves at an amazing clip. D.P.D. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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