Those Who Fall

By John Muirhead
Read by Robertson Dean

10.90 Hours 12/05/2017 unabridged
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As a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber pilot, John Muirhead led missions into northern Italy, Germany, and Bulgaria during World War II. Ultimately, he was shot down and taken prisoner. John Muirhead’s re-creation of those years is a breathtaking mingling of ravaging horrors and silent, surreal images; of raw, tumultuous memory and elegantly paced narrative; of lightening humor and measured reflection. Seldom has a reader been made to feel terror so viscerally. Rarely has a reader ascended the skies so thrillingly. And never has one felt so close to the numbing fear, the boredom, the eerie beauty, and the dislocated sensibilities of war in the air as in Those Who Fall.

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Summary

Summary

As a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber pilot, John Muirhead led missions into northern Italy, Germany, and Bulgaria during World War II. Ultimately, he was shot down and taken prisoner.

John Muirhead’s re-creation of those years is a breathtaking mingling of ravaging horrors and silent, surreal images; of raw, tumultuous memory and elegantly paced narrative; of lightening humor and measured reflection.

Seldom has a reader been made to feel terror so viscerally. Rarely has a reader ascended the skies so thrillingly. And never has one felt so close to the numbing fear, the boredom, the eerie beauty, and the dislocated sensibilities of war in the air as in Those Who Fall.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The terror and desperation…are as real as can be…Excellent.” New York Times Book Review
“First-time author Muirhead relates his experiences as a B-17 bomber pilot in World War II and as a prisoner of war. Stationed in Italy with the 301st bomber group, he flew missions to the northern part of that country, to Germany, and to Romania. It was on a mission to the Ploest oil fields that he was shot down, captured, and imprisoned in Bulgaria. The quality of writing and imagery in the storytelling raise this book above the genre. Highly recommended for most collections.” Library Journal

Reviews

Reviews

by Odin 8/28/2018
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Outstanding memoir.

For a vet to take 40 years before writing him memoirs might seem too long to remember well the experiences he had as a World War II B24 pilot, but perhaps in the instance of “Those Who Fall” it was a necessary time to allow the heroics, tragedy and suffering to settle into a place where a book could be written without unnecessary emotional connection to the memories. After having flown innumerable missions over the Italian theatre, Muirhead is shot down and taken prisoner. He is kept captive in Bulgaria. The writing is excellent, meditative, poetic and fused with philosophy one doesn’t often hear from hard-core bomber pilots of the 2nd World War. Roberson Dean delivers a reading of this beautifully written book with a sympathetic as well as a compassionate understanding of war that many of us haven’t read about. A definite recommendation

Author

Author Bio: John Muirhead

John Muirhead was a lieutenant and WWII pilot shot down over Romania and taken prisoner in June 1944. He was rescued on Victory in Europe Day in May 1945. Before and after the time of his capture, Lieutenant Muirhead was working as a hull draftsman in the technical department at the Fore River Shipyard.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 10.90
Audience: Adult
Language: English