In the skies of World War II Europe, the Eighth Air Force was a defining factor in turning the tide against the Nazis. In these gripping oral histories, the sacrifice, savagery, and supremacy of the “Mighty Eighth” is described by those who experienced it...and survived it. At the outbreak of World War II, America was woefully unprepared for a fight, though Europe was already years into the battle. Soon, though, America’s war machine was rolling... more...

For nearly five months, starting in mid-September 1944, American GIs battled for the Hurtgen Forest, a fifty-square mile tract of extremely inhospitable terrain.


Drawing on firsthand accounts by survivors of the bloody Battle of the Bulge, diaries, letters, and official documents, this study describes the events of the campaign, hardships faced by the soldiers, the battle's horrifying costs, and the controversy surrounding the campaign.

More than seventy personal accounts and twenty-four pages of photographs of the Normandy Invasion redefine World War II's most astounding operation in honor of its fiftieth anniversary. By the author of A Blood-Dimmed Tide.


Praise FOR Gerald Astor ""No one does oral history better than Gerald Astor. . . . Great reading."" -Stephen Ambrose on The Mighty Eighth ""Gerald Astor has proven himself a master. Here, World War II is brought to life through the hammer blows of their airborne triumphs and fears."" -J. Robert Moskin, author of Mr. Truman's War, on The Mighty Eighth ""Astor captures the fire and passion of those tens of thousands of... more...

The Greatest War is an American-combat history of what Studs Turkel dubbed the good war, World War II, told largely in the words of the American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who were there.

For nearly five months, starting in mid-September 1944, American GIs battled for the Hurtgen Forest, a 50-square mile tract of extremely inhospitable terrain.