By far and away, still the best book on any topic area I have read.
The only book I have ever read back to back three times in a row without stopping.
There are two subsequent editions released after the 1979 edition (and its 1981 reprint) that I own, I have ordered both. (The latest with "Official Secrecy Act" release updates.)
Update November 26th:
I have just received the first of the two later revisions that I've ordered (the book is that good.)
Much to my delight, the book which arrived was the intervening one published in 1988.
The book contains a handful of minor corrections when re-published in the soft cover version.
Secondly, two USAAF heavyweights stepped in and requested permission to submit forwards to the new edition.
a) General Robert Dixon, commanding general for five years of Tactical Air Command; and
Lt. General Ira C. Eaker, Commander of the U.S. Eighth Air Force from October 1942 to January 1944.
Setting aside that so many US aircrew trained in Canada, the book so well describes the universal experience of crew training and operational duties everywhere that they wanted to take the opportunity to express their appreciation of the book.
It carries the highest recommendation of all:
"I consider it not only the best and most true to life 'war' book I've read about this war, but the best about all the wars of my lifetime."
- Marshall of the Royal Air Force, Sir Arthur Harris
High accolades indeed.
More here on the forum. http://www.ww2f.com/...er-command.html
I opened it up to look into the revisions and had completed well over a chapter before I could put it down again. Damn, what a magnificent book.
I can not begin to tell you how much I am looking forward to reading the latest revision.
I intend to have both books out side by side watching the wording of every single sentence.
I have donated the original (which is full of notes by my dad and uncle who knew many, many of the people mentioned personally) to a new library I have donated at the Vernon BC Legion. Drop in sometime when you are here in Canada and enjoy!
After months and months of no luck, the book is finally out in sufficient numbers again to be sold on Amazon. New and used are up for sale right now. Grab them quick. Trust me, its worth it, and please like me, donate it to your favorite local library when done.
The 1988 version has been almost entirely released on Google Books. Enjoy!
You will find about 75% of it there... but trust me, this is one you want to own and read in its entirety. It is worth every last penny and then some.
Edited by Fred Wilson, 27 November 2010 - 07:39 PM.