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The Millionaires' Unit: The Aristocratic Flyboys Who Fought the Great War and Invented American Airpower

Wortman, Marc

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ISBN 10: 1586483285 / ISBN 13: 9781586483289
Published by Public Affairs, New York, 2006
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313, illus., map, notes, index. The story of a gilded generation of young men from the zenith of privilege: a Rockefeller, a Taft, the son of the head of the Union Pacific Railroad, a son of J. P. Morgan's leading partner. Most were students at Yale University in 1916. They were determined to be first into the conflict, leading the way ahead of America's declaration that it would join the Great War in Europe. Bookseller Inventory # 56943

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Title: The Millionaires' Unit: The Aristocratic ...

Publisher: Public Affairs, New York

Publication Date: 2006

Book Condition: very good, very good

Edition: First Edition. First Printing.

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The Millionaires' Unit is the story of a gilded generation of young men from the zenith of privilege: a Rockefeller, the son of the head of the Union Pacific Railroad, several who counted friends and relatives among presidents and statesmen of the day. They had it all and, remarkably by modern standards, they were prepared to risk it all to fight a distant war in France. Driven by the belief that their membership in the American elite required certain sacrifice, schooled in heroism and the nature of leadership, they determined to be first into the conflict, leading the way ahead of America's declaration that it would join the war. At the heart of the group was the Yale flying club, six of whom are the heroes of this book. They would share rivalries over girlfriends, jealousies over membership in Skull and Bones, and fierce ambition to be the most daring young man over the battlefields of France, where the casualties among flyers were chillingly high. One of the six would go on to become the principal architect of the American Air Force's first strategic bomber force. Others would bring home decorations and tales of high life experiences in Paris. Some would not return, having made the greatest sacrifice of all in perhaps the last noble war. For readers of Flyboys , The Greatest Generation , or Flags Of Our Fathers , this patriotic, romantic, absorbing book is narrative military history of the best kind.

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Marc Wortman is an award-winning freelance writer whose work has appeared in numerous national magazines. He was a senior editor of the Yale Alumni Magazine, where the story of the Yale unit was originally published in the September/October 2003 issue. He also taught literature and writing at Princeton University and in a college program for inmates at Rahway State Prison in New Jersey. He lives in New Haven with his wife and daughter.

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