Gandt is a rare treasure, a Navy jet jock with the rare gift of being able to tell a compelling story in a believable and exciting manner that leaves the reader exhausted at the end.
Robert Gandt is a former Pan Am pilot who also happens to have the pen of a poet. —CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
Books like ANGELS IN THE SKY come along once in a generation. You must read it.
— STEPHEN COONTS
From W.W. Norton & Co.,
OCT 3 in all bookstores....
It is 1948, only three years after the revelations of the Holocaust. The infant nation of Israel is under siege by the armies of five Arab nations. Angels in the Sky is the gripping story of how a band of volunteers, mercenaries, and adventurers came to save a new nation in its darkest hour.
They are a small group, fewer than 150. They come from the United States, Canada, Britain, France, South Africa. Most are seasoned WWII veterans -- young, idealistic, swaggering, noble, eccentric, courageous beyond measure. In the crucible of war they will become brothers in a righteous cause.
The saga of the volunteer airmen in Israel's war of independence stands as one of the most stirring--and untold--war stories of the past century.
ENDORSEMENTS & REVIEWS for ANGELS IN THE SKY
“Angels in the Sky reads like a World War II thriller, only better because every word is true. The saga of Israel’s fledgling air force and the motley crew of heroes who saved the Jewish state is one of the great untold stories of history. Robert Gandt has brought it vividly, unforgettably to life.” — Steven Pressfield, bestselling author of Gates of Fire and The Lions' Gate.
“In 1948 a group of ragtag aerial warriors from the four corners of the earth helped save the newborn state of Israel from the armed forces of five Arab states—a David facing Goliath. Improbably, Israel won the war in a miraculous military victory. Books like Angels in the Sky come along once in a generation. You must read it.” — Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author of Flight of the Intruder
“These are the forgotten ‘Flying Tigers’ who stepped forward when the world turned away, to fly and fight for the highest stakes—the survival of Israel. A cinematic mélange of heart-pounding history, Angels in the Sky does justice to an epic, unsung story.” — Adams Makos, New York Times bestselling author of A Higher Call
“It is always so rewarding to read a book about combat flying written by an author who obviously knows the subject firsthand! Robert Gandt’s latest book on the infant Israeli Air Force fills a real need and shines new light on one of the most heroic battles in history. The prowess of the IAF in recent years has caused us to forget just how precarious was its beginning, and how joyfully the battle was joined by a wide variety of pilots flying airplanes better suited for a museum than combat.” — Walter Boyne, former director of the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum
“Bob Gandt understands pilots and he understands flying, which are not always the same thing. Angels in the Sky is…an enjoyable, balanced description of the origin of one of the world’s leading air forces. Strap in tight, turn up the oxygen, and set the gunsight for ‘pegged range’ because it’s a wild ride.” — Barrett Tillman, author of Whirlwind: The Air War Against Japan, 1942-1945
“Angels in the Sky is the best of Bob Gandt. He details the extreme measures that were required to get aircraft out of the United States, Britain and other countries and into Israel in 1948. But more importantly, he gives life to the aircraft buyers, mechanics and pilots that were to make up what would become one of the most formidable air forces in the world. Bob shows us the joy, sorrow, comradeship and trust that was shared by the foreign and Jewish members of the group. A terrific read for anyone.” — Dave North, former Editor-in-Chief, Aviation Week & Space Technology