By William Wister Haines
“Rare it truly is piece of fiction smacks the reader among the eyes with conviction that it has burst spontaneously from the narrator’s mind and is a narrative that needed to be told.” – Chicago Tribune (Jan. five, 1947)
Leader of an elite crew of yank heavy bomber planes, basic Casey Dennis of the USA Air strength is shipped to England throughout the top of worldwide struggle II—and orders his pilots deep into German territory that allows you to disrupt creation of the Luftwaffe’s fighter jets. pressured to stability the protection of his staff opposed to the lives of hundreds of thousands of Allied troops prior to D-Day, and laid low with political interference pressuring him to assault much less harmful objectives, normal Dennis needs to make agonizing life-and-death decisions—with the result of the warfare, and the way forward for the Air strength, within the balance.
A attention-grabbing fictional account of the USAAF bombings of Germany in the course of international conflict II, this foreign bestseller takes a detailed, suspenseful examine the calls for confronted by way of generals pressured to ship their troops on determined, lethal missions. This publication used to be the foundation for a film of an identical identify, starring Clark Gable. A former US intelligence officer in the course of global warfare II, writer William Wister Haines lends an depth to the prose knowledgeable by way of firsthand experience.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
William Wister Haines (1908–1989) was once an American writer born in Des Moines, Iowa. To aid himself whereas attending the college of Pennsylvania’s Wharton college of commercial, Haines labored at the building of the community of electrical transmission towers being put in national. on the age of 24, he used this adventure as a lineman in writing his first novel, Slim, which grew to become a countrywide most sensible vendor in 1934. Warner Brothers made the publication right into a movie starring Henry Fonda and Pat O’Brien.
Haines served in global struggle II as an intelligence officer with the USA 8th Air strength in Britain, largely comparing the power of the German Air strength and making plans bombing raids. He later labored with the crew that first cracked German struggle codes, a venture known as “Ultra.”
Following the conflict, Haines all started engaged on Command Decision, first and foremost as a play. His writer, Little Brown, advised he use the subject for a singular. The ebook speedy rose to turn into a countrywide most sensible vendor and is considered the 1st significant tale instructed approximately international warfare II. In October 1947, the play model of Command opened on Broadway on the Fulton Theater and ran for 409 performances.
MGM acquired the motion picture rights, performing at the behest of Clark Gable, who observed the tale as a motor vehicle reflecting his own reports as an Air strength officer. He performed the hero, normal Casey Dennis, who needs to make life-and-death judgements on bombing runs whereas stricken by political interference pressuring him to assault much less harmful targets.
Haines’s 1961 novel, The wintry weather War, received the Golden Spur award from the Western Writers of the United States. He additionally labored on a number of motion pictures, together with Torpedo Run, On Wings of Eagles and Beyond Glory. He died in 1989 on the age of eighty-one.
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