Archive for Non-Fiction – Politics

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

During his final year at Harvard Andrei Cherny was commissioned to write speeches for President Clinton thus becoming the youngest White House speech writer ever. Within a week of graduating he was appointed a senior speech writer for Vice President Al Gore.

Whilst still involved in policy making and speech writing, in 2008, he published his second book, The Candy Bombers: The Untold Story of the Berlin Airlift and America’s Finest Hour.

The Candy Bombers - Andrei Cherny

The book explores the Berlin Airlift from 1948 to 1949. During the crisis, Britain and the United states successfully stopped the Soviet Union from its attempts to seize Berlin. Aside from discussing the history behind the crisis, Cherney also looks at how the Airlift affected U.S. politics.He credits President Harry Truman’s role in the victory as the key reason for his reelection in 1948.

Critics found The Candy Bombers to be well researched and well written, as well as an interesting look at a key event in the Cold War. For instance, a Kirkus Reviews contributor stated that Cherney writes “with the flair of a novelist” and called the book “lively, densely detailed and unabashedly enthusiastic.” Booklist writer Gilbert Taylor was also impressed, finding that “Cherny readably synthesizes this milestone cold-war confrontation.” Furthermore, a Publishers Weekly reviewer remarked that interested readers will “find much to savor in this exhaustive, often absorbing and lucid account of America’s successful standoff against the Soviets.”