Jimmy Stewart : Bomber Pilot Paperback
by Starr Smith
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Motorbooks International
- Publication Date: 15/11/2006
- Category: Biography: arts & entertainment
- ISBN: 9780760328248
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Review by jzdro
What would it be like to excel in two fields? How often does a man come along who excels in two fields, yet remains a gentleman?Smith's hagiography and occasional awkward phrasing is worth sticking with, as the reader ends up with the facts concerning Stewart's achievements as Liberator pilot and officer. Intelligence, diligence, and moral clarity made the man what he was. His fellow warriors recognized it when they worked with him, just as millions recognized it on the silver screen.The end matter in this volume is very interesting. It includes General Andy Low's and Abe Wilen's accounts of POW experiences, an excerpt from Churchill's "Post-War Comments on the Allied Victory in Europe," and Smith's essay on the TAC school.It includes as well an excerpt from Gurney's "The War in the Air," consisting of quoted remarks by Goering. These fascinate, as Goering reads like he and his buddies were off their meds, matter-of-factly reeling off the state, at various moments, of their plans for world domination. The scary thing about that is that so much of that planning they enacted, and other of it could have been enacted also. Here's Goering: "The allies owe the success of the invasion to the air forces. They prepared the invasion; they made it possible; they carried it through. Without the US Air Force the war would still be going on elsewhere, but certainly not on German soil."
Review by cee34
I always thought Stewart was the epitome of "what you see is what you get". A genuine man who obviously was whom we all saw on the silver screen as such. A very good read and very informative, too.
Review by knahs
Well done book that focuses on Stewart's military service. There is a good deal of information about planes which was not of interest but the book still provided the fan of Stewart the actor with new information. Stewart served admirably and seemed to be an officer who was respected but well-liked by his men.
Review by Chris_El
Here is a man that not only did well as an actor but he was also a good man. A characteristic sadly lacking among many have to deal with heavy doses of fame. And he didn't brag about his service either. Good book and my hats off to the man it is about.