Books That Inspire 2011

The Candy Bombers: The Untold Story of the Berlin Airlift and America's Finest Hour
Andrei Cherny

In The Candy Bombers, Andrei Cherny tells the story of Americans helping a city in desperate need survive. Cherny uses primary sources to recount how Americans at all levels, from pilots to the president, helped Berlin survive for a year while the Soviet Union blockaded the city in an attempt to starve it into submission. It took tenacity for those involved in saving this city to succeed. Their coordination and ingenuity while helping win over a people they had just conquered a few years earlier shows that kindness, and perhaps a bar of chocolate, can help heal deep wounds.

Jacquelyn Slater
Western History Collections, University Libraries