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Benedict's Wars :; The True Story of an Extraordinary American Hero

Smith, E.A.W.

ISBN 10: 1885832370 / ISBN 13: 9781885832375
Published by Red Leader Press, Austin, Texas, 2005
Condition: near fine(-) Soft cover
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Large octavo; 446 p, b&w illus. Inscribed & signed by author. || Surprisingly scarce. Only 1 holding in WorldCat || World War II -- Pilot experiences; Biography. || William Pershing Benedict was truly one of those few who "put out his hand and touched the face of God." Ted Smith does an exemplary job of portraying this ordinary American airman as the extraordinary patriot he truly was. Single faint stain to bottom fore-edge, front cover slightly bent, extremely little rubbing to creased corners, small light mark to top fore-edge, else near fine(-), First edition, first printing (full number line). Bookseller Inventory # 80484

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Title: Benedict's Wars :; The True Story of an ...

Publisher: Red Leader Press, Austin, Texas

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:near fine(-)

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Benedict's Wars is a biography of William Pershing Benedict, one of the most decorated, yet one of the most chastised, fighter pilots in American history. Benedict could fly any aircraft out of any conditions. His exploits during World War II in the European and North African theaters are legendary. Benddict's Wars has been extolled by such notables as Walter Chronkite, Texas Governor Rick Perry, Former U.S.A.F. Chief of Staff, General M.A. McPeak and others.

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E.A.W. Smith served in the Royal Air Force for over five years, in the Second World War. He was a fighter pilot, who flew Spitfires in ninety operational missions. He is an authority of air to ground warfare. His war book, Spitfire Diary was published in 1988, by Wm. Kimber, London. It was republished in the United States in 1995 by Eakin Press, Austin, Texas. A third trade paperback edition was published by Eakin Press in 2000 and contains an important addendum, relating to the book and the war. Spitfire Diary captivated many reviewers, including such notables as Walter Cronkite, who wrote: Spitfire Diary never received a negative review. E.A.W. (Ted) Smith emigrated to the United States in 1948, and became a citizen in 1957. He was born in Paddington, London, and was moved to East Acton, London, at ten days! He was brought up in Acton up to the age of eleven, when the family again moved, to Ealing; a stone’s throw from Wembley, home of the historic sports complex. Smith married Margareta Waernmark ( Van Mark) of Sweden in 1957, in New York. They are the parents of fraternal twins - a boy, Pehr, and a girl, Anna Maria. After a career of 41 years in broadcasting, Smith retired as General Manager of the Lady Bird Johnson radio stations KLBJ AM and FM; in Austin, Texas, in December, 1991. When he retired, his presentation wrist watch was engraved with the words of Lady Bird Johnson... “ Above and Beyond”...

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