Angels in the Sky
Angels in the Sky is the exhilarating account of a ragtag band of volunteer airmen from around the world who fought for Israel during the war of independence. They arrived from America, Canada, Britain, France, and South Africa. Almost all were World War II combat veterans. Many, but not all, were Jewish, and many knowingly violated their nations’ embargoes on the shipment of arms and aircraft to Israel. They smuggled in Messerschmitt fighters from Czechoslovakia, painting over swastikas with Israeli stars. They flew British-built Spitfires and American Mustangs, risking their lives for a righteous cause. Surrounded by Egyptian, Jordanian, Iraqi, Syrian, and Lebanese forces, Israel would have been crushed without the air support provided by the “angels in the sky.” Briskly written and based on first-person interviews and extensive archival research, here is a modern-day David-and-Goliath tale and popular history at its best.

Angels in the Sky Details

TitleAngels in the Sky
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherW. W. Norton & Company
ISBN-139780393254778
Rating
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Aviation, Cultural, Israel, War, Military, Military History, Literature, 20th Century

Angels in the Sky Review

  • Lois R. Gross
    January 1, 1970
    Next year marks the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel. This is the story of how the small band of mostly Jewish people came to become a nation with the help of a motley crew of former World War II flying aces who needed a last hurrah and found it in the greatly outnumbered people who needed a refuge from the anti-Semitic Jews. drawing volunteers from the US, Canada, Britain, and South Africa among others, these pilots participated in an illegal (in the US) operation of smuggling both arms Next year marks the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel. This is the story of how the small band of mostly Jewish people came to become a nation with the help of a motley crew of former World War II flying aces who needed a last hurrah and found it in the greatly outnumbered people who needed a refuge from the anti-Semitic Jews. drawing volunteers from the US, Canada, Britain, and South Africa among others, these pilots participated in an illegal (in the US) operation of smuggling both arms and airplanes to the surrounded country in the midst of Arab enemies. Ironically, most of the planes the pilots flew were former Nazi planes manufactured and sold on the black market by the Czechs. Even more ironically, almost all of those planes blew up in combat, frequently taking the pilots with them. Yes, some of the pilots had a commitment to building a safe state for Jewish refugees having liberated the concentration camps of Europe. However, mostly these were hotshots who really needed the adrenaline rush of a good fight. In Israel, they got it. People with familiarity of Israeli history will note that many of the military leaders of the 1948 war went on the glorious careers as leaders of the newborn nation. This is an important history lesson and a tribute to honor among men and the derring do of both patriots and mercenaries with one great cause.
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  • Jim Cabaj
    January 1, 1970
    First, I want to say "Thank you to Good Reads" for advance copy of Angels in the Sky!2nd, I want to say "Wow", Robert Gandt, has collected so many first person stories of the airmen who composed the Israel Air Force. Each chapter has something intriguing that always keeps you at the edge of your seat till the end of the book.Robert Gandt knows how to capture these real men. He exposes how they became airmen and why they want to fight for Israel. Each of these airmen get into the cockpit and face First, I want to say "Thank you to Good Reads" for advance copy of Angels in the Sky!2nd, I want to say "Wow", Robert Gandt, has collected so many first person stories of the airmen who composed the Israel Air Force. Each chapter has something intriguing that always keeps you at the edge of your seat till the end of the book.Robert Gandt knows how to capture these real men. He exposes how they became airmen and why they want to fight for Israel. Each of these airmen get into the cockpit and face death even before the plane starts up. I enjoyed all the espionage that was involved to create the Israel Air Force. How they recruited former WWII pilots around the world. You meet the agents behind the scenes trying to buy surplus planes. One of my favorite books is "The Right Stuff" by Tom Wolfe, Angels in the Sky is just like that capturing the brotherhood that surrounds these pilots. Both books had me at the edge of my seat wanting more and I would get more. In both books you felt pain and loss. You felt fear being faced dead on. Angels in the Sky is at the top of my list of Best New Books of the year. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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  • Brenda Schneider
    January 1, 1970
    An amazing true story that reads like a thriller. Really enjoyed this book. I won this book through Goodreads.
  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from the first reads giveaway program in exchange for an honest review.4.5 starsI liked the book a lot. It gives an honest recounting of the vital part foreign aviators played in the Israeli victory in 1949. Most of them weren't there for moral reasons they were there because they were adrenaline junkies and that was the available war. I deducted half a star because there were parts that were a little bit narrative.
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  • Margaret Heller
    January 1, 1970
    Read for Library Journal. Not for me, but some people will definitely enjoy this one, which is reflected in my review.
  • R. Leib
    January 1, 1970
    This is a detailed history of how a small, disparate group of aviators gave everything they had to save from annihilation a country that for most was not even their own. It is told in engrossing vignettes that weave the incredible story of the birth of a nation and one of the most feared and respected air forces in the world. Easily readable, Mr. Gandt accomplishes a very rare feat, a cohesive history with a lot of moving parts that does not leave the reader lost in the minutia. Stupidity, brill This is a detailed history of how a small, disparate group of aviators gave everything they had to save from annihilation a country that for most was not even their own. It is told in engrossing vignettes that weave the incredible story of the birth of a nation and one of the most feared and respected air forces in the world. Easily readable, Mr. Gandt accomplishes a very rare feat, a cohesive history with a lot of moving parts that does not leave the reader lost in the minutia. Stupidity, brilliance, triumph, and tragedy all receive the same clinically precise treatment. In the end, "Angels of the Sky" engenders the feeling for the reader of personally witnessing it all.
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  • Cyndy
    January 1, 1970
    Very interesting story
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