With Wings Like Eagles: A History of the Battle of Britain (by Michael Korda: Nonfiction) c. 2009

Summary: In the early 1940’s, with Hitler threatening to overrun the last bastions of resistance in Europe, fewer than three thousand young fighter pilots were all that stood between Britain and total defeat. Korda follows the developments in technology, philosophy and organization that led to the seemingly miraculous victory.

Review: Korda carefully lays out the developments that led to the outcome of the Battle of Britain. The decisions that led to effective defense and ineffective assault are fascinating, and Korda manages to relay them without stealing the glory of the triumph.

Read-a-likes: Other books of the Battle of Britain, such as The Few by Alex Kershaw, will be worth picking up. In the careful and logical analysis of men and machines that led to a battles outcome, Korda writes in a manner very similar to James Hornfischer. For a fictional treatment of the Battle of Britain, James Benn and Jeff Shaara are worth a look.

Availability: This title is available from the Lake Bluff Public Library as an eBook, eAudiobook and book. Click here to check on the availability!

Review by Eric.


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