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No empty chairs - a brilliant read, well researched,
This review is from: No Empty Chairs: The Short and Heroic Lives of the Young Aviators Who Fought and Died in the First World War (Hardcover)
I picked this book up in my local library and just could not put it down.
For anybody interested reading about the experiences of the young airmen on both sides of the conflict in the First World war, this is the book to read.
In the past I have read many books on warfare topics and have to say this is one of the best researched. Its written in an easy to read flowing style that almost puts you there with them. The whole book was thoroughly enjoyable and unlike a lot of historical books it's well structured, doesn't get too bogged down in the fine detail and keeps you wanting to read more. I enjoyed every chapter, but especially liked the piece in Chapter 26 on Roy Brown and the relationship with his close friend Stearne Edwards and the mental pressures those young men had to endure. It brings home to you the human side of those bright young men, many just out of school or university, wrestling with those "old string bags", having been thrown into the deep end with little or no support or formal training.
I was so impressed with this book that for the first time in my life I just had to write to the author, just to complement him on such an excellent book.
Highly recommended - five stars.
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