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4.0 out of 5 stars Overall Very Nice, With Only A Few Problems, March 11, 2009
This review is from: The Candy Bombers: The Untold Story of the Berlin Airlift and America's Finest Hour (Hardcover)
This is a fine book, but lost a five-star rating from me when the author 1) rounded out the end of the airlift and subsequent events in seeming mere paragraphs when the balance was quite thorough, and 2) added too many personal deductions or political opinions I simply can't agree with or which aren't necessarily part by the the historical record.

Many technical details are glossed over here, with respect to the Soviet side of the story, with respect to actual airlift operations, for example aircraft maintenance, British participation, etc, and with respect to the hair-raising minutia of bargaining and diplomacy that took place between the Americans and the Soviets. That would have made this a thousand page work, however, perhaps too big for the author's intended audience. (Thomas Parrish's Berlin In The Balance remedies some of these omissions, and is a fine book on the subject too. As a matter of fact, The Candy Bombers draws heavily from it at times.)

Cherny does add some dimension, however, that others have missed, giving a fairly thorough retelling, including the 1948 presidential election and some history on James Forrestal, both of which I found useful. Overall very nice, with only a few problems. In the end, a person may have to read three volumes to get the widest general sense of the Berlin Blockade and Airlift.
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