The Rise and Fall of Public Education in America: The Interdependence of Public Education and Society
AuthorHouse, 2006 - 188 páginas
This is a true story about an innocent 18-year old plucked from his small hometown in California who found himself at 19 riding in the nose of a heavy bomber under conditions he could not possibly have imagined. The book explores the excruciating tension between his innocence and the raw reality of war. As a bombardier riding in a Plexiglas compartment, the author had a unique vantage point from which he could behold grand vistas. He witnessed the beauty of clouds and the high altitude sky, the ever-changing scene below of sea, mountains, rivers and towns. But he also observed armadas of bombers stretching out ahead like flocks of geese, the horrifying barrages of black antiaircraft fire, the menace of enemy interceptors and the heartbreaking spectacle of wounded bombers. This book follows the everyday activities of a bombardier in the Air Force during World War II. There are no heroics in this account other than the courage of men who performed their jobs despite withering enemy opposition and the ever-present specter of sudden death. It is a collage of agonizing apprehensions, numbing fright, occasional pride, bitter disappointments, abject loneliness, fits of anger and even good times. The author wrote the book in 1st person, present tense so that, in a sense, the reader could ride with him in the glassed-in nose of a B-17. He bolstered his recollections of each mission with raw facts gleaned from tattered and yellowing mission reports that are filed in neat folders in the National Archives in D.C. and from numerous letters sent to and kept by his parents.
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