Ranks with the very best literature to come out of the Second World WarA must for fans of Fighter Boys and The Sky SuspendedThe author is an established writer and respected scholar
Samuel Hynes was born in Chicago in 1924 and educated at the University of Minnesota and Columbia University. He served as a Marine Corps pilot from 1943-46 and 1952-53 and is the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross (for his war service) and a Robert F. Kennedy Award (for The Soldiers' Tale). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature emeritus at Princeton University. His other books include A War Imagined, The Soldiers' Tale and The Growing Seasons.
'A consummate piece of war literature, with the feel of a turbulent time uncannily recreated ... conveys the wonder of flight with an understated lyricism' C.J. Fox, Independent 'His evocation of war, of witnessing death, of the last squalid days of fighting a beaten enemy, brings out the fullest compassion and the finest edge of his reporting. Flights of Passage must, without fail, be read' Richard Hough, Daily Telegraph 'Through [Hynes's] eyes, it's easy to understand why men cherish the red alert of war as a high point their lives will never again achieve, a time when the world seemed carefree and savage, passionate and disarming, with non-stop moments of hatred, love and deliverance' New York Times Book Review 'An unusual and moving book ... an authentic fragment, poignant and real, of a great and tumultuous past' Washington Post Book World