By John Steinbeck
A exceptional quantity of brief novels and a necessary international conflict II document from one among America's nice twentieth-century writers
On the heels of the large good fortune of his masterwork The Grapes of Wrath-and on the peak of the yank struggle effort-John Steinbeck, essentially the most prolific and influential literary figures of his new release, wrote Bombs Away, a nonfiction account of his studies with U.S. military Air strength bomber crews in the course of international battle II. Now, for the 1st time due to the fact that its unique ebook in 1942, Penguin Classics offers this unique version of Steinbeck's advent to the then-nascent U.S. military Air strength and its bomber crew-the crucial middle unit in the back of American air energy that Steinbeck defined as "the maximum staff within the world."
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The number of men lost in air action was 79,265 Americans and 79,281 British. . More than 18,000 American and 22,000 British planes were lost or damaged beyond repair. S. Strategic Bombing Survey 1) As these figures indicate, the casualty rates for bomber flying missions were exceedingly high. The fact is that a bomber air-man had a better chance of becoming a combat casualty than did the grunt in the foxhole or any other type of World War II combatant. To put it simply, bomber duty was very dangerous—and very destructive:In Germany, 3,600,000 dwelling units, approximately 20% of the total, were destroyed or heavily damaged.
Therefore, despite the idea that this book would not ever be the centerpiece of a novelist’s career, Bombs Away in retrospect turns out arguably to be a book at the moral center of America’s most significant war contribution and the war’s most controversial issue. Bombs Away depicts the building of a single team that will soon develop enough skill not only to fly the airplane but eventually to deliver a sizable payload to its intended target. Multiply this team by thousands and the bomb payload by hundreds of thousands, and eventually by millions, and one can start to see how the American war effort became not only a major deciding factor in the war effort but the most destructive military force in history.
Earlier in European use, propaganda carried a positive or neutral sense of ‘distributing information;’ . . Since about 1930, however, the connotations have become increasingly negative” (417). This definition better demonstrates the politically benign purpose Steinbeck was pursuing, as well as illustrates the complexity of the term itself. The fact that he was commissioned by the Army Air Forces, which had a clear ideological or bureaucratic purpose in mind, almost automatically categorizes Bombs Away as a mild propaganda work, though only as a recruitment tool.
Bombs Away: The Story of a Bomber Team by John Steinbeck