Bombs Away

The Story of a Bomber Team

By John Steinbeck; James H. Meredith (Introduction by)
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143105916, 156pp.)

Publication Date: October 2009

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A magnificent volume of short novels and an essential World War II report from one of America's great twentieth-century writers
On the heels of the enormous success of his masterwork "The Grapes of Wrath"and at the height of the American war effort John Steinbeck, one of the most prolific and influential literary figures of his generation, wrote "Bombs Away," a nonfiction account of his experiences with U.S. Army Air Force bomber crews during World War II. Now, for the first time since its original publication in 1942, Penguin Classics presents this exclusive edition of Steinbeck's introduction to the then-nascent U.S. Army Air Force and its bomber crew--the essential core unit behind American air power that Steinbeck described as "the greatest team in the world.

About the Author
No writer is more quintessentially American than John Steinbeck. Born in 1902 in Salinas, California, Steinbeck attended Stanford University before working at a series of mostly blue-collar jobs and embarking on his literary career. Profoundly committed to social progress, he used his writing to raise issues of labor exploitation and the plight of the common man, penning some of the greatest American novels of the twentieth century and winning such prestigious awards as the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He received the Nobel Prize in 1962, "for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception." Today, more than thirty years after his death, he remains one of America's greatest writers and cultural figures.

JAMES H. MEREDITH is a former Lieutenant Colonel and professor of English at the United States Air Force Academy. He has served on several Literary Society boards, and is frequently writes on such literary figures as Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Stephen Crane, Joseph Heller. He also writes on such historic figures and topics as Theodore Roosevelt, the American Civil War, and World War II. He is the author of Understanding the Literature of World War II (Greenwood, 1999).
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