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Patrick Bishop is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling `Fighter Boys', `Bomber Boys', `3 Para' and `Ground Truth'. Previously, he was a foreign correspondent for over twenty years, reporting from conflicts all over the world.
`As a former war correspondent with more than 30 years' experience, Bishop brings journalistic strengths to his second career as a popular historian: an easily readable and exciting writing style, a knowledge of what fighting means to those at the sharp end, a nose for the nub of the story, and an admirable compassion for the victims of war on all sides...a book that at once educates, explains, and excites' BBC History magazine, Book of the Month `Monumental ... after Bishop's pilot's eye views of the war in Fighter Boys and Bomber Boys, Air Force Blue counts as a publishing event. It won't disappoint" The Times `Compelling ... Mr Bishop has an enormous tale to tell as he leads up to 1939 and six years of formative war...what Mr. Bishop does so well is to show how the RAF came to be such a distinctive and effective force' Country Life `This is a terrifically readable, authoritative book that told me many fascinating things I did not know' Max Hastings, Sunday Times `This meticulously compiled survey sets out to combine encomium with a series of unblinkered evaluations' TLS