Donald L. Miller, From Page To Screen: Bringing Masters Of The Air To Life

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Donald L. Miller, From Page To Screen: Bringing Masters Of The Air To Life
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6:00 PM Reception; 7:00 PM Program

Donald Miller discusses his book Masters of the Air and the process of bringing its contents to the television screen for a ten-part series on HBO, produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, that depicts the heroism and courage of young Americans in the Eighth Air Force in their struggle to defeat Hitler’s Germany.

Masters of the Air is the deeply personal story of the American bomber boys in World War II who brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep. With the narrative power of fiction, Donald Miller takes you on a harrowing ride through the fire-filled skies over Berlin, Hanover, and Dresden and describes the terrible cost of bombing for the German people.

Fighting at 25,000 feet in thin, freezing air that no warriors had ever encountered before, bomber crews battled new kinds of assaults on body and mind. Air combat was deadly, but intermittent – periods of inactivity and anxiety were followed by short bursts of fire and fear. Unlike infantrymen, bomber boys slept on clean sheets, drank beer in local pubs, and danced to the swing music of Glenn Miller’s Air Force band, which toured U.S. air bases in England. But they had a much greater chance of dying than ground soldiers.

Drawn from recent interviews, oral histories, and American, British, German, and other archives, Masters of the Air is an authoritative, deeply moving account of the world’s first and only bomber war.

This program is presented in partnership with The National Museum of the Might Eighth Air Force.
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By: Atlanta History Center

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