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From: James Perry <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Masters of the Air Date: March 8, 2010 10:33:10 AM EST To: H-NET Military History Discussion List <email@example.com> I did not read Miller's Masters of the Air when it first came out, because I too thought it was a popular history with lots of "I was there" anecdotes. (The front and back covers of the book do nothing to dispel this impression, unfortunately.) Inspired by this post and the subsequent discussion, I read it recently. I was positively impressed! It is very accurate, comprehensive, and well done, and I have only minor quibbles with his analysis. I don't think it says anything profoundly new about the air war itself, but I did learn new things about subjects that don't usually get a lot of attention in histories of the air war in Europe, such as the supporting USAAF ground services in England, internment in Switzerland, and airmen in POW camps. That said, Miller relies heavily on secondary sources. My question for any book that relied on Miller would be, why didn't the author look at the secondary sources himself instead of relying on Miller's interpretation of those sources? James Perry ---------------------- Original Message: I am going to review a book on Allied bombing of Germany during World War II. I notice that the author relies a great deal on a book I have not read: Donald L. Miller's Masters of the Air. I have the impression that this is a popular history, with a great deal of oral history incorporated to add color to the narrative. Have any list members read and evaluated Masters of the Air for accuracy and comprehensiveness? Is there a better history, published in the last 15 years, of the American bombing campaign against Germany? -- Jonathan Beard firstname.lastname@example.org ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----