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4.00242130750605 out of 54.00242130750605 out of 54.00242130750605 out of 54.00242130750605 out of 54.00242130750605 out of 5 4.00 (413 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrei Cherny Narrator: Jonathan Davis Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Candy Bombers is the true tale of the ill-assorted group of castoffs and second-stringers who saved millions of desperate people from a dire threat. By feeding and supplying West Berlin by air for nearly a year, these brave men won the hearts of America’s defeated enemies and inspired people around the world to believe in America’s fundamental goodness. Their valor and kind acts helped the country avoid World War III and won the greatest battle of the Cold War—without firing a shot.

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  • “An exciting, inspiring, and wonderfully written book.”

    Walter Isaacson, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A gripping, suspenseful narrative history…Reminds me of Stephen Ambrose at his best.”

    Douglas Brinkley

  • “Andrei Cherny tells this story vividly, placing it on the broader canvas of the incipient Cold War.”

    US News and World Report

  • “A fine eye for character and detail.”

    Bloomberg News

  • “A successful work of popular history…An enjoyable, timely narrative.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “Emphasizing figures prominent in the crisis—military governor Lucius Clay, Truman critic Henry Wallace, and pilot Gail Halvorsen––Cherny readably synthesizes this milestone Cold War confrontation.”

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  • “Written with the flair of a novelist.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5 by Bur | 6/22/2016

    " This book is a wonderful weaving of the story. However, the title can be misleading. This is about a great deal more than the candy bombers, and it's a great deal more than the Berlin airlift. This book begins not in 1948, when the airlift took place. It begins in 1945, when WWII ended. I have read much history of the 20th century. However, this weaves much diverse information into a tapestry that is a beautiful and evocative story of the triumph of human spirit, on both sides of the air lift. It tells of the political maneuvering which led to the need for an airlift, and not merely the government wrangling, bu the military wrangling and political posturing. Well told and well performed. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ron | 2/19/2014

    " Excellent description of a Key event in History. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Krista | 2/17/2014

    " Excellent book--everyone should read it and become familiar with what happened to Berlin after WWII and how close all of Europe was to be taken over by Communism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sarah Grass | 2/12/2014

    " John is listening/reading this book. He frequent tells me about the good parts and has me read chapters so I feel like I'm reading it too. Inspiring and true story about the Berlin Airlifts after WW2! We love Hal- Uncle Wiggly Wings as the German children called him. Makes us proud to be Americans and grateful for our many freedoms. "

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About the Author

Andrei Cherny is coeditor of the idea journal, Democracy. A former White House speechwriter and senior fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, he is the author of The Next Deal and has written on history, politics, and culture for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. He is an officer in the Navy Reserve. He, his wife, and son live in Phoenix.