Marked for Death by James Hamilton-Paterson audiobook

Marked for Death: The First War in the Air

By James Hamilton-Paterson
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Blackstone Publishing 9781681771588
12.23 Hours Unabridged
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A dramatic and fascinating account of aerial combat during World War I, revealing the terrible risks taken by the men who fought and died in the world’s first war in the air Little more than ten years after the first powered flight, aircraft were pressed into service in World War I. Nearly forgotten in the war’s massive overall death toll, some 50,000 aircrew would die in the combatant nations’ fledgling air forces. The romance of aviation had a remarkable grip on the public imagination, propaganda focusing on gallant air “aces” who become national heroes. The reality was horribly different. Marked for Death debunks popular myth to explore the brutal truths of wartime aviation: of flimsy planes and unprotected pilots; of burning, screaming nineteen-year-olds falling to their deaths; of pilots blinded by the entrails of their observers. James Hamilton-Paterson also reveals how four years of war produced profound changes both in the aircraft themselves and in military attitudes and strategy. By 1918 it was widely accepted that domination of the air above the battlefield was crucial to military success, a realization that would change the nature of warfare forever.

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Summary

Summary

A dramatic and fascinating account of aerial combat during World War I, revealing the terrible risks taken by the men who fought and died in the world’s first war in the air

Little more than ten years after the first powered flight, aircraft were pressed into service in World War I. Nearly forgotten in the war’s massive overall death toll, some 50,000 aircrew would die in the combatant nations’ fledgling air forces.

The romance of aviation had a remarkable grip on the public imagination, propaganda focusing on gallant air “aces” who become national heroes. The reality was horribly different. Marked for Death debunks popular myth to explore the brutal truths of wartime aviation: of flimsy planes and unprotected pilots; of burning, screaming nineteen-year-olds falling to their deaths; of pilots blinded by the entrails of their observers.

James Hamilton-Paterson also reveals how four years of war produced profound changes both in the aircraft themselves and in military attitudes and strategy. By 1918 it was widely accepted that domination of the air above the battlefield was crucial to military success, a realization that would change the nature of warfare forever.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Hamilton-Paterson’s superb book, not only meticulously researched but also supremely readable, tells the tales of many…heroes.” Daily Mail (London)
“A terrific story, which Hamilton-Paterson tells with tremendous relish, elegance, and attention to detail.” Sunday Times (London)
“Hamilton-Paterson’s thorough research reveals much-his book is a wide-ranging education of WWI aviation and is written by someone who really knows flying. Highly recommended!” Pilot
“The author shows how decisions made by politicians, the owners of aircraft factories, inventors, engineers, and the men who turned new recruits into fighter pilots affected the air war…Best of all [Paterson]—who has a solid body of fiction to his credit—is a consummate storyteller; not only does the book tell a fascinating story, it is nearly impossible to put down.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“An exhilarating book. By turns, thrilling, joyful, wistful, and provocative.” Rowland White, bestselling author of Vulcan 607

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Author

Author Bio: James Hamilton-Paterson

Author Bio: James Hamilton-Paterson

James Hamilton-Paterson is the author of Empires of the Clouds, a classic account of the golden age of British aviation. He won a Whitbread Prize for his first novel, Gerontius. He lives in Austria.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 12.23
Audience: Adult
Language: English