Summary

It was the summer of 1940, and World War II had been raging for nearly a year. Buoyed by his successes on the Continent, Hitler was now planning an invasion of England to seal Europe's fate. Though the United States was still a neutral country, a few Americans decided they couldn't remain on the sidelines. They joined Britain's Royal Air Force to defend the country - with the future of civilization hanging in the balance.
The Few tells the dramatic and unforgettable story of these Americans who defied their own country's neutrality laws and risked their very citizenship to fight side-by-side with England's finest pilots. Flying the lethal and elegant Spitfire, they became "knights of the air" who, with minimal training but plenty of guts, dueled the skilled and fearsome aces of Germany's Luftwaffe.
By October 1940, they had helped England win the greatest air battle in the history of aviation. Some five years later, at war's end, just one of them would be alive. Winston Churchill once said famously of all those who fought in the Battle of Britain, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." These daring Americans were the few among the "few."
©2006 Alex Kershaw and published by Da Capo Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group (P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Andrew Lansley on 26-07-17

Great narrative, bricked.

A superb history filled with first hand accounts and well researched and documented events. Nearly put off by the narrator with his odd accents and references to things like 'Em Kay eleven (Mk II)' Hurricanes. I would like to have seen one of those. Stukageswader II (St.G II) is canonised as 'Saint Gee two'. If you can get past having a narrator who doesn't understand the acronyms in the text and has a funny idea of what a spoken English accent sounds like, then this book is probably just the ticket, old boy. Tally ho!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 11-05-17

awesome

Thank you for writing this book. I also want to thank every man who came to the UKs aid during the Battle for Britain. I SALUTE YOU

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5 out of 5 stars
By Laurie on 02-02-12

Fantastic

If you are a pilot or interested in WWII then this is a must. It brings you through the battle of Britain with historical accuarcy in a personal format. You learn about what was happening on both sides of the channel.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By AFALBY on 01-04-16

Best Battle of Britian Book Ever

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend it very highly. Mr. Kershaw did an amazing job of "personalizing" these pilots; American, British and German.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The personalities of the pilots.

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The dialect of the varied nationalities of the participants.

If you could give The Few a new subtitle, what would it be?

They Died While America Slept

Any additional comments?

I was disappointed that the book had to end.

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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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