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The Resource The unsubstantial air : American fliers in the First World War, Samuel Hynes

The unsubstantial air : American fliers in the First World War, Samuel Hynes

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The unsubstantial air : American fliers in the First World War
Title
The unsubstantial air
Title remainder
American fliers in the First World War
Statement of responsibility
Samuel Hynes
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The vivid story of the young Americans who fought and died in the aerial battles of World War I. The Unsubstantial Air is a chronicle of war that is more than a military history; it traces the lives and deaths of the young Americans who fought in the skies over Europe in World War I. Using letters, journals, and memoirs, it speaks in their voices and answers primal questions: What was it like to be there? What was it like to fly those planes, to fight, to kill? The volunteer fliers were often privileged young men--the sort of college athletes and Ivy League students who might appear in an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, and sometimes did. For them, a war in the air would be like a college reunion. Others were roughnecks from farms and ranches, for whom it would all be strange. Together they would make one Air Service and fight one bitter, costly war. A wartime pilot himself, the memoirist and critic Samuel Hynes tells these young men's saga as the story of a generation. He shows how they dreamed of adventure and glory, and how they learned the realities of a pilot's life, the hardships and the danger, and how they came to know both the beauty of flight and the constant presence of death. They gasp in wonder at the world seen from a plane, struggle to keep their hands from freezing in open-air cockpits, party with actresses and aristocrats, and search for their friends' bodies on the battlefield. Their romantic war becomes more than that--it becomes a harsh but often thrilling new reality"--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1924-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hynes, Samuel
Dewey number
940.4/4973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
D606
LC item number
.H86 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Fighter pilots
  • Fighter pilots
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • HISTORY / Military / World War I
  • HISTORY / Military / Aviation
Label
The unsubstantial air : American fliers in the First World War, Samuel Hynes
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-305) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue : A fire beyond the horizon -- An occupation for gentlemen -- The Ivy League air force -- Going -- Abroad I : first impressions -- Driving the machine -- The pleasurable sensation of flying -- Waiting for the war -- How to fight -- This killing business -- Abroad II : getting acquainted -- In pursuit -- Looking at the war -- A short history of bombing -- Summer : 1918 -- September : St. Mihiel -- Abroad III : end games -- The last battle -- November eleventh -- Afterwards
Control code
ocn884665059
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 322 pages
Isbn
9780374278007
Isbn Type
(cloth : alkaline paper)
Lccn
2014008673
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)884665059
  • (Sirsi) a1789620
Label
The unsubstantial air : American fliers in the First World War, Samuel Hynes
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-305) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue : A fire beyond the horizon -- An occupation for gentlemen -- The Ivy League air force -- Going -- Abroad I : first impressions -- Driving the machine -- The pleasurable sensation of flying -- Waiting for the war -- How to fight -- This killing business -- Abroad II : getting acquainted -- In pursuit -- Looking at the war -- A short history of bombing -- Summer : 1918 -- September : St. Mihiel -- Abroad III : end games -- The last battle -- November eleventh -- Afterwards
Control code
ocn884665059
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 322 pages
Isbn
9780374278007
Isbn Type
(cloth : alkaline paper)
Lccn
2014008673
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)884665059
  • (Sirsi) a1789620

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