Based on extensive research, the book reads like a historical thriller. Veterans, whose efforts on Israel’s behalf are still unrecognized, come to life. The result is a tale of heroism against all odds, a story that must be told to fully understand Israel’s success in its War of Independence.
The book contains some great stories about C-46s, C-47s, C-54s, Spitfires, B-17s, P-51s and even some Czech-made Messerschmitts.
How American Jews and others smuggled vital military supplies to the Jewish community in Palestine and later the Jewish state has never been told in such rich detail. Never before have readers gotten such an inside look at some very feisty—but also courageous and noble—characters, who changed the course of history. In short, the author did some world-class reporting. It is the nitty-gritty of getting the job done and activities of the characters who risked their lives, not to mention their freedom and citizenships, that make this book unique.
This well-written book leaves the reader in suspense after many of the narrated scenes. Interspersed within the narrated scenes, it affords the reader a geopolitical ‘big picture’ understanding and an operational picture from multiple country perspectives. Recruiting transport pilots, mechanics, and crewmembers by motivating them—either by adventure, humanitarian cause, or biblical prophecy—to fly arms through an arms embargo was a daunting task that the author relates in a captivating manner. This is a must read for those interested in military history, geopolitical interests, or solving complex problems while dealing with many people and their personality proclivities.