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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Bantam (1982)
  • ISBN-10: 0553225146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553225143
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,051,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A must read for anyone interested in the history of air war during WWII and specifically in the german Luftwaffe during WWII.
Gilberto Ojeda
Shows how unprepared Germany really was for the war and what a poor leader Hitler was.
Carl L. Stollar

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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Jason W. Smith on January 1, 2000
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When this book was first published, it, like Saburo Sakai's "Samurai!", created quite a stir. As one of the earliest books to be told from the "enemy" perspective during World War II, it was, to say the least, revealing.
Galland started the war with the Condor Legion in Spain and rose to become Germany's General of Fighters. His book is a firsthand account of the Luftwaffe's (and Germany as a whole, for that matter) relentless rise to supremacy and gradual decline to the pit of defeat. Galland's narrative is vivid, at times brilliant, but what is most striking is the incredible--and astoundingly REPETITIVE--ignorance and ineptitude of the German leadership.
Hitler's continued insistence on wasting much-needed aircraft in futile offensives is, even to readers from the Allied nations, frustrating. The same story seems to be repeated over and over again: Galland, through sheer force of will, manages to build up a large force of reserves. His plan is to send them up en masse to wipe out so many Allied bombers that the bombing raids over Germany would have to be postponed until replacement planes can be built and delivered from the U.S.. On the eve of Galland's plan going into action Hitler orders an offensive and the reserves are depleted, forcing Galland to start again from scratch. The story is repeated over and over again, and eventually, Galland resigns his post in disgust and goes on to lead a jet squadron composed of hand picked EXPERTEN, the last of Germany's great fighter aces. Fighting a war they know is lost, they write a poignant final chapter to one of histories bloodiest periods.
Unlike the pilots of the Allied nations, the pilots of the Luftwaffe were forced to do battle until they were maimed or killed.
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful By M. S. Lavender on April 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The First and the Last is a superlative book. The edition on offer here, care of Buccaneer Books, Cutchogue, NY is not. The first seven chapters have been dumped, all the maps and charts are missing and the majority of the original photographic illustrations have been omitted or replaced with different images. I can't say whether these were used in later editions - they are certainly not in my Methuen & Co 1955 edition. Aside from the back of his head there no longer remains a single image of the man himself! All photo reproductions are poor.
On the positive side I didn't waste much money on this copy. Give it a miss!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By James Palmer on March 25, 2013
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I just received The First and the Last today. The version provided here is a ripoff, apparently assembled by a small-time printing company specifically as orders come in. It is dated three days ago, in Lexington, KY (publisher's address?). It is more magazine than book, large pages, small print, one page of printing in the first chapter repeated on the next page, no maps, no photos. Very hard to read.

This version is a travesty, and I am surprised Amazon would ship such a thing. This book was a well-known classic, written by an important German general, with attempted insight into why the Luftwaffe lost the air war. It's called an autobiography, but there is no autobiographical info about General Galland -- only his description of how the war was conducted. This leads me to believe this is an incomplete edition, with chapters missing.

I've been an Amazon customer almost since the beginning. This is the single most disappointing purchase I have made from Amazon in all that time. Don't buy it. It's a ripoff.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Rodger Raubach VINE VOICE on March 29, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Adolf Galland was one of the truly outstanding heroes of W.W.II. regardless of the side one which he served. As an individual he developed quite a large "cult" following in aviation circles and was a very popular speaker. His book was one of the first wartime memoirs published by a high ranking officer of the former enemy camp. General Galland does not go into alot of detail in regards to his "dogfights";not that he was too self-effacing,but that he was a pilot of consummate skill and many of his victories were fairly easy. (Galland held many prewar gliding records for time aloft!) When you are the best,you don't need to brag!
What sets this volume apart from many of the later wartime histories is the unique position the author attained,and the descriptions derived from personal contact with many of the leaders of the Third Reich. Galland is analytical--not apologetic--in his comments on the reasons for Germany's loss to the Allies.
If W.W.II history is your "thing" , then this is your book. Other reviewers have criticized the "wooden" writing style,but German is not the easiest language to translate into "literary" English. Put aside your quibble about style and read it for CONTENT and enjoy a view of recent history from one who actually made it. Five stars all the way.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The title of the book comes from the fact that Adolf Galland began WWII as a flight captain, and though rising through the ranks like a meteor to the equivalent rank of 3 star general, ended it the same way after refusing to kowtow to Adolf Hitler. Galland was a man who proves that even evil regimes have their worthy heroes. He had well over 100 air combat victories despite being promoted to general at age 30 (the youngest of any of the war) and removed from active combat for most of WWII. The top Amercan aces of the war, great as many of them were, scored less than 40. Generally regarded as one of the finest fighter pilots ever, he was also a great leader and stategist whose understanding of the air war was apparently far in advance of Hitler's and other Nazi leaders. Luckily for us, most of his advice as commanding general of the fighter side of the Luftwaffe fell on deaf ears. Despite his great accomplishments and impact,he generally downplays his role and tells the story of the European air war from a very humble perspective. Reading it is like reading the mind of Alexander the Great, but without any trace of ego or bitterness towards his former enemies. He was also as strong a humanitarian as combat permits, for example, insisting that his pilots refrain (though not always successfully) from gunning an enemy pilot who has bailed out and is helpless in his parachute. It is noteworthy that after the war he was among the few high ranking German leaders who was not found guilty of a war crime. He was just a man who served his nation, however wrong it was, to the best of his rather astonishing ability. Further evidence of his character is shown by the fact that he was for the rest of his life held in the highest regard by those he fought against.Read more ›
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