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The unsubstantial air : American fliers in the First World War

Author: Samuel Hynes
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First paperback editionView all editions and formats
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"'The Unsubstantial Air' is the gripping story of the Americans who fought and died in the aerial battles of World War I. Much more than a traditional military history, it is an account of the excitement of becoming a pilot and flying in combat over the Western Front, told through the words and voices of the aviators themselves."--Back cover.
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Personal narratives
Personal narratives, American
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel Hynes
ISBN: 9780374535582 0374535582 9780374278007 0374278008 9780374712259 0374712255
OCLC Number: 898419540
Description: x, 322 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: A fire beyond the horizon --
An Occupation for Gentlemen --
The Ivy League air force --
Going --
Abroad I: first impressions --
Driving the machine --
The pleasurable sensation of flying --
Waiting for the war --
How to fight --
This killing business --
Abroad II: getting acquainted --
In pursuit --
Looking at the war --
A short history of bombing --
Summer: 1918 --
September: St. Mihiel --
Abroad III: end games --
The last battle --
November eleventh --
Afterwards.
Other Titles: American filers in the First World War
Responsibility: Samuel Hynes.

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The Unsubstantial Air is a chronicle of war that is more than a military history; it traces the lives and deaths of the young Americans who fought in the skies over Europe in World War I. Using  Read more...

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