Bombs Away: The Story of a Bomber Team by John Steinbeck

By John Steinbeck

A amazing quantity of brief novels and an important global conflict II file from one in every of America's nice twentieth-century writers

On the heels of the large good fortune of his masterwork The Grapes of Wrath-and on the top of the yank conflict effort-John Steinbeck, some of the most prolific and influential literary figures of his new release, wrote Bombs Away, a nonfiction account of his studies with U.S. military Air strength bomber crews in the course of global struggle II. Now, for the 1st time considering that its unique booklet in 1942, Penguin Classics offers this specific variation of Steinbeck's advent to the then-nascent U.S. military Air strength and its bomber crew-the crucial middle unit at the back of American air energy that Steinbeck defined as "the maximum crew within the world."

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Htm. Preface A book should have a dedication, I suppose, but this book is a dedication. It is a dedication to the men who have gone through the hard and rigid training of members of a bomber crew and who have gone away to defend the nation. This book is dedicated to those men, although it is not intended for their reading, for it would be primer work to them. This book is intended for the men of the future bomber teams and for their parents, for the people at home. Nowhere in this book is it indicated that it is easy to be a member of the crew.

John Steinbeck was a rather complicated man and writer. How else could one reconcile the fact that he would, in the middle of his career, write what can only be described as a propaganda piece for the United States government? S. history. S. military was training for modern war; and because it put a uniquely American face on what would turn out to be one of the most destructive military strategic campaigns in history. Purposefully written in the vernacular, to appeal to mothers and fathers throughout the country, Bombs Away, in the tradition of Walt Whitman during the American Civil War, is a contribution to American literature because it cogently conveys, in almost mythopoeic simplicity, the vital democratic regeneration of the United States in the face of a real and grave danger.

Of all the nations of the world, only Germany knew what it was going to do and where it was going with its aircraft. Germany, and the dark Aryans of Italy and the yellow Aryans of Japan developed air forces. The purpose was to blast and maim and kill. They knew exactly what they were going to do. They developed plane types for specific purposes and they watched the rest of the world for the uncorrelated experiments which they might devote to their purposes. Thus when the United States Navy developed the principle of dive-bombing, Germany took the principle and welded it into its air tactics and later used it overwhelmingly on the nations it attacked.

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