John Steinbeck: Bombs Away: The Story of a Bomber Team

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Bombs Away: The Story of a Bomber Team is an unabashed piece of wartime propaganda that follows a group of cadets from their recruitment into their respective technical schools and then on to their eventual union as members of a bomber squad. Written by Steinbeck in 1942 as a response to his patriotic war duty, the book's genesis came about after the author was appointed a special consultant to the Secretary of War and assigned to Army Air Force Headquarters. Steinbeck, no stranger to the military, had previously served as a consultant to the Office of the Coordinator of Information (now the CIA) and also as a foreign news editor for the Office of War Information, an agency established by Franklin Delano Roosevelt to …

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Citation:
Meyer, Michael J.. "Bombs Away: The Story of a Bomber Team". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 April 2010
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