Apr 032015

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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

5 Star Review from Reader's FavoriteShot Down: The True Story of Pilot Howard Snyder and the Crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth is a military history book written by Steve Snyder, Howard’s son. The author played at being soldiers as a boy, but did not really understand the role his father played in WWII until he was older. His father kept in touch with many of the survivors of his crew and with the people in Belgium who helped him after his plane was shot down. In 1994, Steve accompanied his parents to the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Belgium Liberation. Howard Snyder and his wife both died in 2007, and Steve began looking at the war memorabilia they had collected, including Howard’s hand-written journals, letters and pictures. He continued his research into the Eighth Air Force and its role in the wartime effort.

Reader's Favorite 5 Stars!Steve Snyder’s military history book, Shot Down, reads like a novel, yet it isn’t. The names and faces are all real, but their stories are presented in such a compelling manner that this thorough and painstakingly researched effort reads smoothly and fluently as Snyder and his father’s journals bring the past to life. I was fascinated as I … (continued on the Reader’s Favorite website)

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Foreword Review Finalist

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Reviewed by Claire Foster 

Detailed research puts the reader inside the cockpit, shoulder to shoulder with the pilot and crew.

Steve Snyder’s masterful book, Shot Down, does justice to the adventures of his father, pilot Howard Snyder, and the crew of the B-17 plane Susan Ruth. Using first-hand accounts from diary entries, letters, and family stories, Snyder revives experiences that are accessible and relevant both to historians and readers with a casual interest in WWII history.  

The Susan Ruth’s crew was composed of ten men, four officers and six enlisted, and made up a true cross-section of American society. “They were college graduates, farmers, lawyers, and coal miners, from all nationalities and … Continue reading …

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Mar 122015

SHOT DOWN: The true story of pilot Howard Snyder and the crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth has been selected as a War & Military (adult Nonfiction) finalist in Foreword Reviews’ prestigious 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards!

Each year, Foreword Reviews shines a light on a select group of independent (indie) publishers, university presses, and self-published authors whose work stands out from the crowd.

In the next three months, a panel of more than 100 volunteer librarians and booksellers will determine the winners in 63 categories based on their experience with readers and patrons.

“After 17 years, our awards program has become synonymous with quality because our editors set such a high bar on the finalist round, which makes it especially tough for the judges who select the winners,” said Victoria Sutherland, publisher of Foreword Reviews. “In every genre, our judges will find an interesting, high-quality selection of books culled from this year’s entries.”

Foreword Reviews will celebrate the winners during a program at the American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco on Friday, June 26 at 6 p.m. at the Pop Top Stage in the exhibit hall. The Editor’s Choice Prize for Fiction, Nonfiction, and Foreword Reviews’ 2014 INDIEFAB Publisher of the Year Award will also be announced during the presentation.

In a competition with over 1500 other entrants, it’s pretty great to have made it this far.

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Mar 102015

The following is a Lunch Box Lecture given by Seth Pardon at the National WW II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana that I attended in the fall of 2013 commemorating the 70th anniversary of Black Week.

Casualties in the 8th Air Force were never higher than during the Autumn of 1943. The month of October, in particular, was especially bloody. Raids on the German cities of Bremen, Marienburg, Munster and a second visit to the Kugelfischer ball bearing factory at Schweinfurt resulted in the losses of 148 B-17s in a matter of seven days. The 8th Air Force teetered on defeat and the German Luftwaffe never came as close to victory ever again.

Manager of Research Services Seth Paridon discusses the four important bombing raids through the use of veteran oral histories and archival film footage.

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