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Draws on newly declassified documents, unpublished letters and diaries, and first-person interviews to document the contributions of an unlikely band of second-string soldiers and haggard military leaders in enabling the success of the Berlin Airlift humanitarian relief operation.
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Andrei Cherny is editor of the idea journal Democracy. A former White House speechwriter and Senior Fellow at HarvardÂ’s Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, he is the author of The Next Deal, and has written on history, politics, and culture for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. Cherny is an officer in the Navy Reserve.Review:
“What an exciting, inspiring, and wonderfully-written book this is! The dramatic tale of America’s response to the Berlin blockade involves a colorful cast of characters, great and flawed, who defined the way a great nation could act as a benevolent world power. Each page has lessons for today, and it is also a thrilling narrative to read. Cherny has produced a book that lives up to this glorious American moment in history.”—Walter Isaacson, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Steve Jobs and Leonardo Da Vinci
“Andrei Cherny’s The Candy Bombers is a gripping, suspenseful narrative history about the U.S. Cold War era pilots determined to help the freedom-strangled citizens of West Berlin survive Soviet tyranny. Written with incredible verve and vivid detail, Cherny succeeds in making those harrowing days of Berlin circa 1948-49 come alive. As a historian, he reminds me of Stephen Ambrose at his best.”—Douglas Brinkley, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Wilderness Warrior
“The early Cold War era was as tense as the days after 9/11. Andrei Cherny captures, in vivid detail, the excitement and drama of the U.S. response to the Soviet blockade of Berlin. You will have a hard time not cheering—or feeling moved—when America rescues its former enemy in the name of freedom.”—Evan Thomas, New York Times Bestselling Author of Being Nixon
“Absorbing and lucid.”—Publishers Weekly
“One of the finest narrative histories that I have read in years.”—Lawrence Kaplan, World Affairs
“The definitive telling of the amazing story of the airlift... Andrei Charny tells this story vividly, placing it on the border canvas of the incipient Cold War.”—Michael Barone, U.S. News & World Reports
“A fine eye for character and detail.”—Bloomberg News
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