- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (6 Aug. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141042869
- ISBN-13: 978-0141042862
- Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 0.1 x 0.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 931,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tumult in the Clouds (Penguin World War II Collection) Paperback – 6 Aug 2009
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About the Author
James A. Goodson was born in America to British parents and brought up in Toronto. When the Second World War broke out he joined the RAF, before transferring to the USAAF in 1942 and becoming one of their leading 'aces'.
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My early impression of the book was that it must have been edited by a gorilla with a meat cleaver, as opposed to more traditional methods, such were the rapid jumps in location in the first couple of chapters. At one point I was flicking back the pages to check that I had not missed a few. However, things began to settle down by the third chapter and I began to see James Goodson as a talented story-teller with a one-in-a-billion tale to tell. After all, how many people ever got to do what these young men did and in such extreme circumstances?
I also began to realise that no matter how one might have fantasised about flying Spits or P51D's as a boy, this was really the preserve of individuals who are brave almost to the point of madness. Goodson's recollection of diving down after an Me.109 from 20,000 feet in a P-47 at almost 500 mph, through a squadron of Spitfires who were minding their own business at 10,000 feet, in the knowledge that the Thunderbolt was not at all renowned for pulling out of such dives was one of many that bought the air war into a proper perspective. These people diced with death practically every time they went up and, in case they needed it, the empty bunks back at their Debden base were a constant reminder of that fact.Read more ›
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