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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,699 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen E. Ambrose Narrator: Jeffrey DeMunn Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The very young men who flew the B24s over Germany in World War II against terrible odds were an exemplary band of brothers. In The Wild Blue, Stephen Ambrose recounts their extraordinary brand of heroism, skill, daring, and comradeship.

Stephen Ambrose describes how the Army Air Forces recruited, trained, and chose those few who would undertake the most demanding and dangerous jobs in the war. These are the boys—turned pilots, bombardiers, navigators, and gunners of the B24s—who suffered over 50 percent casualties.

Ambrose carries us along in the crowded, uncomfortable, and dangerous B24s as their crews fought to the death through thick, black, deadly flak to reach their targets and destroy the German war machine or else went down in flames. Twenty-two-year-old George McGovern, who was to become a United States senator and a presidential candidate, flew thirty-five combat missions (all the Army would allow) and won the Distinguished Flying Cross. We meet him and his mates, his co-pilot killed in action, and crews of other planes—many of whom did not come back.

As Band of Brothers and Citizen Soldiers portrayed the bravery and ultimate victory of the American soldier from Normandy on to Germany, The Wild Blue makes clear the contribution these young men of the Army Air Forces stationed in Italy made to the Allied victory.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Brilliant…It is a terrific story.” 

    Larry King, USA Today 

  • “Ambrose is a superb historian.”

    New York Times Book Review 

  • “Mr. Ambrose’s storytelling ability is unparalleled.” 

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A brilliant new book.”

    USA Today 

  • The Wild Blue is right on target…[the book] finally gives those men of the 15th Air Force the tribute they so richly earned.” 

    Dallas Morning News

  • “[The Wild Blue] demands our attention…page-turning reading.” 

    Denver Post

  • “In his fast-paced narrative, Ambrose follows many other flyers (including the Tuskegee Airmen, the African American pilots who gave the B-24s essential fighter support on some of their most dangerous missions) as they brave the long odds against them, facing moments of glory and terror alike.” 

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Brought to life by bestselling historian Ambrose, here is one of America's forgotten workhorse weapons of WWII, the B-24 bomber…Ambrose follows pilots and crews from start to finish where they were from, their backgrounds, training, bravery and heroism as they did their part to help win the war.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Based on an impressive array of primary and secondary sources, the book is another affirmation of the Greatest Generation, to be sure, and a tribute to a fast-diminishing band of American heroes who offered and in many cases gave their lives to save their posterity from real and gruesome dangers.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • One of the 2001 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

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

    " I listened to this audio book on CD while driving to and from St. George for spring break. It was excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tony Randall | 2/16/2014

    " Entertaining and informative. Not his best work, but better than most everyone else's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Peter | 2/15/2014

    " Not the best Ambrose book I ever read, but it is an interesting book. This is the story of (mainly) B-24 crews flying out of Italy during WW2. Light and easy read if you're a history buff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rod Zemke | 2/9/2014

    " I admire Ambrose for what he did--I don't fault him for writing popular history. "

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