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    Paul Brickhill(Author)

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The bestselling story of Britain's most courageous and most famous flyer, the Second World War hero Sir Douglas Bader.In 1931, at the age of 21, Douglas Bader was the golden boy of the RAF. Excelling in everything he did he represented the Royal Air Force in aerobatics displays, played rugby for Harlequins, and was tipped to be the next England fly half. But one afternoon in December all his ambitions came to an abrupt end when he crashed his plane doing a particularly difficult and illegal aerobatic trick. His injuries were so bad that surgeons were forced to amputate both his legs to save his life. Douglas Bader did not fly again until the outbreak of the Second World War, when his undoubted skill in the air was enough to convince a desperate air force to give him his own squadron. The rest of his story is the stuff of legend. Flying Hurricanes in the Battle of Britain he led his squadron to kill after kill, keeping them all going with his unstoppable banter. Shot down in occupied France, his German captors had to confiscate his tin legs in order to stop him trying to escape. Bader faced it all, disability, leadership and capture, with the same charm, charisma and determination that was an inspiration to all around him.

During the war Paul Brickhill was shot down over German territory and sent to a prisoner of war camp. After the war he wrote about the numerous escape attempts in which he was involved in THE GREAT ESCAPE. REACH FOR THE SKY, and THE DAMBUSTERS RAID are his most famous works. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Paul Brickhill(Author)
  • Ballantine Books (September 12, 1969)
  • English
  • 8
  • History

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  • By Suzy on September 21, 2012

    that sadly lost parts of both legs and an arm. Despite his own grievous injuries, I think Douglas Bader's struggles and victories with his own disabilities are so inspirational that any person, soldier or citizen will be inspired by both his recovery and stellar life achievements. Imagine losing both legs in the 1930's - 40's, a time when there was little expertise in rehabilitation and artificial limbs. Imagine then going back to flying after such a horrible crash, then excelling during the Battle of Britain, being shot down, captured and not just being a willing prisoner, but making numerous escapes only to be recaptured. The man was such a character! Attitude is everything. Douglas Bader had such a will to survive and to live a great life, not just an ordinary one.So, I am buying another copy for myself to read and reread. I wish it was available on Kindle so I could take it with me. I will also be buying it for my Sons in Audio version for their drives to work. What better way to start and end your workday?

  • By Robert S. Slone, Sr. on December 17, 2017

    The book more than met my expectations. It shows what overcoming disability, never giving up, and making a contribution is all about. His example inspired his comrades and gave them confidence during the darkest days of the Battle of Britain when a whole nation depended on "the few." Bader was a true hero of WWII.

  • By Concerned Reader on May 21, 1999

    Real heroes are never concerned with being heroic, just with getting on with things. Douglas Bader personifies determination, courage and everything else about true, real heroism. He never made excuses for himself, even as a P.O.W., and spent a lot of time quietly inspiring others who had suffered to do the best they could; and he did it one-on-one, not as a public display. When he died, Australian TV devoted 2 hours to his life in a special program the next day, something they had never done for any other British WWII veteran (he had no major links to Australia). Like other reviewers, I read the book as a child, and Bader's life has inspired me ever since. I would love to give copies of the book to friends, if only I could get some!

  • By Duncan C. McDougall on November 1, 1999

    I sent my dogeared copy of Reach for the Sky to a legless hero who spoke a few years back at convocation here at Plymouth State College. He said he'd heard of Douglas Bader, but hadn't read the book.Brickhill's masterpiece tells a tale of heroism without stooping to hero worship. It also tells Bader's side of the "big wing" tactical controversy during the Battle of Britain (Len Deighton's book "Fighter", tells Air Chief Marshall Dowding's side).We need Reach for the Sky to teach new generations what it taught us, the War Babies, about the courage and values of our fathers. I'd buy it for my four sons and two daughters, all now facing life as young adults.

  • By ChiefJoe on February 10, 2013

    This is one where I don't mind filling out the narrative. First encountered the book on the general surgery ward of naval hospital. Many of those who lost limbs found it interesting, even humorous with events the pilot shared with the world. Nearly required reading for all amputees, and most recommended it to others.

  • By Peter Buchanan on April 11, 2015

    Bought it as a present for someone else but read it as a boy just when it was originally published

  • By BD2 on April 30, 2015

    A great book about an amazing pilot.

  • By Ricardo on February 16, 2009

    My dad told me about this book and am I ever grateful. The book was an easy and very interesting read. The subject, Douglas Bader, was AMAZING, almost beyond belief. If you have ever suffered serious setbacks in life, particularly due to physical injury, you need to read this book. If you are a history buff, particularly of WW2, you need to read this book. If none of the above apply, you still need to read this book.


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