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By John Steinbeck

A terrific quantity of brief novels and an important international battle II document from one in all America's nice twentieth-century writers

On the heels of the large good fortune of his masterwork The Grapes of Wrath-and on the peak of the yankee warfare effort-John Steinbeck, probably the most prolific and influential literary figures of his iteration, wrote Bombs Away, a nonfiction account of his stories with U.S. military Air strength bomber crews in the course of international battle II. Now, for the 1st time when you consider that its unique book in 1942, Penguin Classics provides this particular variation of Steinbeck's advent to the then-nascent U.S. military Air strength and its bomber crew-the crucial middle unit at the back of American air energy that Steinbeck defined as "the maximum workforce within the world."

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As a consequence this Union leadership, especially Lincoln, understood that democratic governments needed to make the case that in certain untenable situations the ends do justify the means. While all of this history may seem esoteric, it most certainly is not: the point is that in many ways Steinbeck and Bombs Away are also a part of that noble and pragmatic American wartime tradition of justifying, if not tempering, the means to the ends. And it is vital for American democracy to continually look back at how we have fought our wars.

Rice comments that “the second chapter is obviously devised in order to introduce the central symbol, the bomber, which embodies not only group effort, but also a host of other democratic values including vitality, integrity, hard work, faith, and practicality” (187). More often than not, critics have construed propaganda in a negative way, and possibly for good reasons in some cases, yet these “democratic values” are paradoxically the same ones Steinbeck conveys in The Grapes of Wrath, which was widely praised as a book of deep humanity.

America is building two kinds of long-range bombers for its rapidly developing bomber crews, while other kinds of ships are being built and tested. It is probable that the B-17, popularly known as the Flying Fortress, and the B-24, which the British call the Liberator and for which we have no name yet, will be the nucleus and the backbone of the Air Force striking power. Both are four-engined ships capable of great cruising range and of large bomb-carrying capacity, and although they do not look alike at all they seem to be about equal in effective-ness.

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