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The riddle of the wooden bombs [Paperback]

Pierre-Antoine Courouble
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: PRESSES DU MIDI (17 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2812700653
  • ISBN-13: 978-2812700651
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 14.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,915,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Knotty Puzzle Is Untied Neatly 23 July 2013
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Firstly, I must note that the author of this book approached me when he was writing it and asked me if I knew the answer to the riddle. I told him that I had heard of this legend but I was not sure if the story of the wooden bombs was true. I said that I would be interested to find out the answer. Well, thanks to this delightful, engaging and candid piece of research, I now know that.... Monsieur Courouble approaches this subject in a thorough manner. He's a hard-worker. The book is an exciting detective story and a veritable page-turner. It's a race against time: the witnesses are getting very old. He must interview them before their lives and their memories fade away. It's clear from some of the abruptly ended email exchanges that some witnesses have died or become unable to respond during his correspondence with them. The author's urge to know the answer to the bizarre story that he heard during childhood drives him on like the airmen opening the throttles of their Mustangs heading into the heart of Europe. He has to travel hundreds of miles to speak to those with memories and to find the physical objects that will give him the satisfaction that he seeks. But there's plenty of humour in here too. I think that must be the Belgian side of the Courouble genes! The legend is a comical one. It is about an act of defiance, bravado and mockery. This book correctly notes that one reason the legend has been disapproved of in official circles is that it might be considered distasteful to be using valuable aircraft to play pranks during a genocidal war. But the gallows humour of the serviceman cannot be denied and the book shows how it has persisted long after the world wars. Read more ›
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