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The author of the bestsellers "President Nixon" and "President Kennedy" details the harrowing journey of two men who risked their lives to defy the Soviet blockade intended to drive Western powers out of Berlin.
"As always, Reeves writes clearly and compellingly. His cast of characters is huge, meaning readers sometimes will need to concentrate deeply or lose track of names. A positive side of assembling such a huge cast is that Reeves emphasizes the sagas of the "common people" who supported and opposed the airlift. It is not a book just about powerful personages such as Josef Stalin in the Soviet Union, Truman in the United States, plus elected leaders in England, France, and Germany."
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Documents the contributions of western pilots, navigators and air-traffic controllers to bring food, medicine and other survival supplies to Berlin during the Soviet blockade, drawing on hundreds of interviews to describe the effort's dangerous and politically charged risks. By the award-winning author of President Reagan.
Richard Reeves revisits a fascinating chapter of Cold War history in his account of the 1948 Berlin Airlift and the pilots and support personnel who launched an unprecedented operation to deliver goods behind enemy lines after Stalin ordered the borders to be blockaded. In response, President Truman drew a line in the sand, calling up pilots and crews who had flown in WWII. An unrelenting blanket of airplanes filled the sky daily, as sortie after sortie dropped food and supplies to the besieged Berliners. Ultimately, Stalin blinked, and he withdrew his blockade. And the free world knew it had made it undeniably clear that they were ready to defend all the peoples of Europe. Reeves's account is highly informative and readable.