"Donald L. Miller's Masters of the Air is a stunning achievement. The compound effect of the book's narrative
vitality and attention to human detail is terrific in all the meanings of the word - terrifying, extraordinary, highly
admirable. What a story it is!"
-- David McCullough
"Masters of the Air is a direct hit."
-- Allan R. Millett, Director, Eisenhower Center for American Studies, University of New Orleans
"For sixty years we have waited for a history to equal the epic saga of the Eighth Air Force's struggle with fighters,
flak and weather on a battlefield moving at three miles per minute five miles above the earth's crust. Now it is here.
With brilliant artistry, Don Miller paints the story from the pallet of the voices of the men who manned the planes or
waited them out."
-- Richard B. Frank, author of Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire
"Masters of the Air is a piece of history that accurately and comprehensively tells the story of the Eighth Air Force
going mano a mano against a tough and determined foe. The incredible cost to both sides is recounted in riveting detail.
It left me shaken."
-- Lt. Gen. Bernard E. Trainor, USMC (Ret.) and coauthor of Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation
"Miller's work is always extraordinary but this large volume is especially remarkable for its valuable recovery of
details, like all the psychiactric ruin of the many bomber boys assigned to kill German civilians. This is a rare
account of the American Eighth Air Force, and with so many readers hoodwinked by fantasies of The Good War, it deserves
wide acceptance and ultimate enshrinement as a classic."
-- Paul Fussell, author of The Great War and Modern Memory
"When I learned that Don Miller had written a history of the air war against Germany, I knew that readers would be
transported as virtual eye witnesses to this aerial battle field. His gripping reconstruction of what was happening in
the planes is matched by the best account yet of what the bombings were doing to Germans on the ground. This book bears
the Miller trademark: a strong narrative supported by solid history."
-- Joseph E. Persico, author of Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day Eleventh Hour: Armistice Day 1918
"Masters of the Air is a fresh new account of the incredible rise of the American air force from young men learning
their trade on the job in combat to an irresistible force that swept the vaunted Luftwaffe from the skies. Author Donald
L. Miller knits together the big events of the bombing campaign with illuminating individual human stories of the heroes
who lived and died over Germany."
-- Walter J. Boyne, former director, National Air and Space Museum
"Over the first years of World War II, the only American casualties on European soil were flyboys shot out of the sky.
Long before Normandy, America's bomber boys waged the Allies' longest WWII campaign and brought the war to Hitler. Now
we are fortunate that the incomparable Donald Miller has brought the memory of these Masters of the Air back to us."
-- James Bradley, author of Flags of Our Fathers and Flyboys
"Masters of the Air is masterful narrative history, the elegantly interwoven story of the men and boys who first took
the war to the heart of Germany. Vivid and meticulous, judicious but not judgmental, Donald L. Miller chronicles the air
war over Europe in all its heroism and horror."
-- Geoffrey C. Ward, author of Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
About the Author
Donald L. Miller is the John Henry MacCracken Professor of History Emeritus at Lafayette College and author
of ten books, including Vicksburg, and Masters of the Air, currently being made into a television series by Tom Hanks.
He has hosted, coproduced, or served as historical consultant for more than thirty television documentaries and has
written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other publications.