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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (357 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alex Kershaw Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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It was the summer of 1940, and World War II had been raging for nearly a year. Buoyed by his successes on the Continent, Hitler was now planning an invasion of England to seal Europe's fate.

Though the United States was still a neutral country, a few Americans decided they couldn't remain on the sidelines. They joined Britain's Royal Air Force to defend the country - with the future of civilization hanging in the balance.

The Few tells the dramatic and unforgettable story of these Americans who defied their own country's neutrality laws and risked their very citizenship to fight side-by-side with England's finest pilots. Flying the lethal and elegant Spitfire, they became knights of the air who, with minimal training but plenty of guts, dueled the skilled and fearsome aces of Germany's Luftwaffe.

By October 1940, they had helped England win the greatest air battle in the history of aviation. Some five years later, at war's end, just one of them would be alive. Winston Churchill once said famously of all those who fought in the Battle of Britain, Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. These daring Americans were the few among the few. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 'Aussie Rick' | 2/19/2014

    " I picked up a copy of this book at the airport in Singapore a few years back and read it cover to cover by the time my plane had landed at Sydney airport in Australia. A pretty good book covering the exploits of a number of American pilots who joined the Royal Air Force and its fighter squadrons during the Battle of Britain. The story is well told and the book was a joy to read, covering an aspect not normally found in many history books, again, highly recommended reading! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 2/5/2014

    " Actually using book on CD to listen to, while in the car. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trevor | 1/31/2014

    " This is a great account of men who did the right thing before their country did. One of the men in the accounts was from St.Charles, MN. I'm almost positive my grandfather flew with him before they got sent to different theaters in the war. Simply amazing the bravery and courage they had to do what they did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristi | 1/20/2014

    " This book was much lower in military detail then I expected but through the use of letters, diaries, and journals it gives a very personal account of what the outnumbered and under equipped british and the americans who dared to fly with them faced in the air battles over britain during the summer and fall of 1940. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Warren Benton | 1/13/2014

    " This was an excellent read about "The Few" Americans that joined Great Britain to fly and fight against the Nazi's before america joined the war. Each of the Few had their own reasons for wanting to defeat Germany, and they risked getting arrested by the FBI and had to sneak into Britain to sign up to fight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth/Chuck | 1/7/2014

    " Detailed the eight men who made their way, illegally, to Britain in 1940 to become members of the RAF to fight against Germany. Only one survived the war. Also details the Eagle Squadrons that were formed after the Battle of Britain and fought before America entered WWII. Well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 12/15/2013

    " There are three groups of Americans who went to World War II long before the U.S. entered the war. First there was a group of Chinese American pilots from Eugene, Oregon who travelled to China and flew against the Japanese. Almost nothing has been written about these brave Americans. Then there was the American Volunteer Group, the Flying Tigers, whose exploits are almost mythic. Then there were those Americans who, in violation of American neutrality, travelled to England and flew for England against Germany. "The Few" is about some of the pilots in this latter group who, seven in number, flew during the Battle of Britain, in effect the few of the few. Only one of the seven would survive the war. "The Few" follows the exploits of these brave men, where they came, why they fought, how they lived and how they died. It was a time when just a few men could make a big difference and Alex Kershaw did a first rate job of telling thier story. Now if someone would just write a book about those Chinese pilots from Oregon, now that would be something. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesper Jorgensen | 12/7/2013

    " Mr. Kershaws words read by Scott Brick is not a bad combination, not a bad combination at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Wombold | 10/8/2013

    " I've seen movies about Americans fighting as part of the RAF, but never until I read this book did I realize the extent of the brave pilots that risked so much for another country. This book will keep you yearning to find out more with every chapter you read and is a very easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 2/22/2013

    " This is a great book if you are a World War II and history fan. Especially if your understanding of the Battle of Britain is not as strong as you like. The personal stories of sacrifice and courage are outstanding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 12/13/2012

    " Didn't have high expectations for the book because it was a history read. I must admit, I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 J.C. | 10/9/2012

    " the book was all over the place. just a collection of random quotes, disjointed sentences and no storyline what so ever. glad I didn't buy it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kurt Young | 3/4/2012

    " Excellent research. Tells the tale of the first Americans to fight the Germans in WWII. I've read a lot of WWII history, and this is the first I've heard of these brave men. Also follows the top German aces as they fight in the Battle of Britain. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason | 2/2/2012

    " I am grateful to those who fought in the Battle for Brittain. I enjoyed the stories in this book, yet I found myself having a hard time getting very engaged in the flow of the overall story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Huw Winston | 11/19/2011

    " This was a very insightful and accurate look at the air war in the UK prior to the US entry into WWII. I hope you enjoy and learn from this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dr. Michael Galvin | 10/28/2011

    " Kershaw's books are always first class. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason | 6/7/2011

    " I am grateful to those who fought in the Battle for Brittain. I enjoyed the stories in this book, yet I found myself having a hard time getting very engaged in the flow of the overall story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordan | 3/23/2011

    " One of those fairly narrative-ish history books. Kept me riveted.

    Don't peek at the photos in the middle of the book before you get there, there's SPOILERS. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kurt | 2/27/2011

    " Excellent research. Tells the tale of the first Americans to fight the Germans in WWII. I've read a lot of WWII history, and this is the first I've heard of these brave men. Also follows the top German aces as they fight in the Battle of Britain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 10/6/2010

    " Actually using book on CD to listen to, while in the car. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth/Chuck | 11/22/2009

    " Detailed the eight men who made their way, illegally, to Britain in 1940 to become members of the RAF to fight against Germany. Only one survived the war. Also details the Eagle Squadrons that were formed after the Battle of Britain and fought before America entered WWII. Well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicholas | 3/8/2009

    " A must read about the battle of britain. Humanizes the experiences of the pilots and also leaves you with a sense of how rare it was to survive proplonged aerial combat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Huw | 2/3/2009

    " This was a very insightful and accurate look at the air war in the UK prior to the US entry into WWII. I hope you enjoy and learn from this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marty | 11/13/2008

    " About the few men that so many owed so much to during the Battle of Britain. We documented and focused primarily on the Americans that were fighting under the British Flag. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay | 8/13/2008

    " Not bad for a keyhole view of the Battle of Britain. Nicely balanced with some humanizing anecdotes about a couple of the chief German pilots too--Werner Mölders, Adolf Galland, and others. "

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About the Author
Author Alex KershawAlex Kershaw is the New York Times bestselling author of several books on World War II, including The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter.  He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.