This beautiful book is the autobiography of a Marine bomber pilot during the Second World War.
||24 x 17 x 3 cm
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|Etat du livre
||Très bon état
||Samuel Lynn Hynes
||Bloombury Publishing Ltd
During the Second World War, ’ Sam ’ Hynes was a young Marine bomber pilot. He flew more than a hundred missions against the Japanese at Okinawa and Ulithi. What Hynes remembers best an describes so eloquently in this memoir are the sensations he experienced in his rites of passage from untrained cadet war - weary aviator, from youthful innocence to manhood.
Hynes tells the story of his training and fighting, and of the growing up that went with it, by recreating the world of the 1940's as he knew it. A midwestern boy reared on Norman Rockwell images, he was just eighteen when he left home to learn to fly and turned twenty - one at the war's end.
With humour and compassion Hynes presents unforgettable portraits of his fellow aviators. Neither judgmental nor sentimental, his disciplined understatement communicates an acute sense of the spectacular madness of war - the exhilaration and tedium ; the admiration for a pilot's prowess, even when that pilot is an enemy ; the impenetrable absurdity of the death of friends. At the same time, he gives us a sense of the wondrous feeling of flying - that exquisite harmony which exists between a pilot and his machine aloft in the insubstantial air. These images of a young aviator's war rank with the very best literature to come out of the Second World War.
Samuel Lynn Hynes ( August 29th, 1924 ) was born in Chicago ( Illinois, United States ). He was raised in Minnesota ( United States ) and upon graduation from high school was accepted in the Navy's air - cadet programme. After attending Navy Flight School he received a commission in the U.S. Marine Corps in April 1944. As a torpedo - bomber pilot in the Pacific, he flew more than 150 combat missions against the Japanese, earning an Air Medal and a Distinguished Flying Cross. Samuel L. Hynes remained on active duty until January 1946.
In 1952 he returned to active duty for one and one - half years. Becoming an author, he won a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for The Soldiers' Tale in 1998. He discussed his experiences as a pilot in the documentary series The War by Ken Burns ( 2007 ). Ken Burns interviewed Samuel L. Hynes again for The Vietnam War ( 2017 ), where he discussed his experiences at Northwestern University during its anti - Vietnam War protests.
Samuel L. Hynes is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature emeritus at Princeton University. His other books include The Unsubstantial Air : American Fliers in the First World War published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux ( October 2014 ), On War and Writing ( University of Chicago Press, 2018 ), A War Imagined and The Growing Seasons.
( sources : Wikipedia, FLIGHTS OF PASSAGE : REFLECTIONS OF A WORLD WAR II AVIATOR )