Sunday, 8 January 2017

Book Notes: "Reach for the Sky" by Paul Brickhill

Reach For The Sky: Story Of Douglas Bader, Dso, DfcReach For The Sky: Story Of Douglas Bader, Dso, Dfc by Paul Brickhill

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Each time I read this book I am overwhelmed by the Boy's Own enthusiasm that pervaded my early youth. But this reading was different. I picked up on numerous philosophical perspectives resembling Stoicism, confirmed by the quote from Hamlet at the end of the work: "there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so". There is so much of the history of the Battle of Britain that I did not know at the time of my earlier readings. With a better understanding of Leigh-Mallory's "big wing" theory, and Bader's part in it, made very interesting reading. Not that all agree with either the success of the theory or indeed the truthfulness of its successes in practice (see Tom Neil's comments here. Regardless, Bader's story is written in captivating style by Brickhall and still manages to excite this poor, brain-washed Colonial time and again.



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