Navigating a Life (Hardcover)

Henry Bloch in World War II

By John Herron, Mary Ann Wynkoop

BkMk Press, University of Missouri-Kansas Cit, 9780933532182, 189pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2017

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Navigating a Life: Henry Bloch in World War II by John Herron and Mary Ann Wynkoop explores how Henry Bloch's wartime experiences molded his character decisively, preparing him to later launch H&R Block, one of the postwar era's major entrepreneurial success stories. As a bomber navigator who defied the odds by surviving dangerous missions over some of Germany's most heavily guarded targets, Bloch learned how to face down fear. In his training before and after combat, especially at the Harvard Business School's Statistical Control Program for military personnel, Bloch further learned how to apply the newest scientific breakthroughs in decision making. Navigating a Life recounts Bloch's service in the U.S. Army Air Force's Ninety-fifth Bomb Group, but readers also glimpse Bloch's life in Kansas City and Michigan before he was called to duty and after the war. Illustrated with personal and historical images, this book shows the challenges that fliers like Bloch faced and why so many lost their lives. Navigating a Life shows how one man finds resilience amid overwhelming challenges.

About the Author

John Herron is associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is also the associate director of UMKC's Honors College and a professor in the Department of History. He holds a Ph.D. in history and maintains a research interest in American social, cultural, and environmental history.

Mary Ann Wynkoop retired from the University of Missouri-Kansas City as director of the American Studies Program. Author of Dissent in the Heartland, Wynkoop is a specialist in postwar American cultural history. A native Kansas Citian, she received a Ph.D. in history from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Praise For Navigating a Life: Henry Bloch in World War II

This book is about the American spirit, embodied in the men and women who fought in World War II. Henry Bloch, through his early life and his decision to join the fight for freedom, especially exemplifies this spirit...Henry's story is unique but gives us insight into why we call this the Greatest Generation.
Richard B. Myers, General, USAF.(Ret.), 15th Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff