Cherny, Andrei.

The candy bombers : the untold story of the Berlin Airlift and America's finest hour / Andrei Cherny. - New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2008. - xiv, 624 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [595]-603) and index.

Introduction: June 24, 1948 -- I: The banks -- Spring 1945 -- The end -- Tombstones -- Visions -- Flight -- The descent -- II: The bend -- Spring 1948 -- Chasm -- March -- III: The bridge 1948-1949 -- June -- July -- August -- September -- October -- November -- December -- Spring again -- Coming home -- Epilogue: October 1990.

The masterfully told story of the unlikely men who came together to make the Berlin Airlift one of the great military and humanitarian successes of American history. Author Cherny brings together newly unclassified documents, unpublished letters and diaries, and fresh primary interviews to tell the story of the ill-assorted group of castoffs and second-stringers who not only saved millions of desperate people from a dire threat but changed how the world viewed the United States. On June 24, 1948, the Soviet Union cut off all access to West Berlin, prepared to starve the city into submission. Most of America's top officials considered the situation hopeless. But not all of them. President Harry Truman, frustrated general Lucius Clay, logistics expert Bill Tunner, and secretary of defense James Forrestal improvised and stumbled their way into an unprecedented, uniquely American combination of military and moral force.--From publisher description.

9780399154966 0399154965

2008000856

09,A22,2033 dnb

990270386 DE-101


Berlin (Germany)--History--Blockade, 1948-1949.
United States--Foreign relations--1945-1953.
United States--Foreign relations--Germany.
Germany--Foreign relations--United States.

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