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The Guns of August
Barbara W. Tuchman, Robert K. Massie
The Few: The American "Knights of the Air" Who Risked Everything to Fight in the Battle of Britain - Alex Kershaw Everyone knows Churchill's famous quote from the Battle of Britain. But of the "few", 20% were not British but were from other nations. And within that small group was an even smaller group, a Few Americans, officially 7 but actually 8 (you'll just have to read the book to find out). These few pilots were breaking the law, the Neutrality Act, and had to sneak out of the US and into the UK. There are some amazing adventures just getting there. Mr Kershaw seems to bring the skills of a novelist to telling the history of small groups. The book grabs you and never lets go. These pilots sacrifice a lot to help defend Britain. The hectic pace of battle, the excitement and terror of flying, the appalling losses on both sides, the famous aces of both sides are all here. The US ambassador to the UK, Joseph Kennedy, does not come off well here. He along with many others, thought the Brits would be defeated. Instead, the battle was turned barely in time and these Americans were there to help. Read [b:The Few: The American "Knights of the Air" Who Risked Everything to Fight in the Battle of Britain|925833|The Few The American "Knights of the Air" Who Risked Everything to Fight in the Battle of Britain|Alex Kershaw|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1347837364s/925833.jpg|910838] and you will come to see it easily get 5 Stars