I’m very happy to be able to link to the first blog review for Sparrow Squadron. Many thanks to Allie over at the impeccably named Girl With A Good Book And Her Dog Blog!
This book is phenomenal.
Read a preview here.
We live in a time when shockingly regressive views can gain traction and popularity. Case in point: apparently some people aren’t convinced that women can fly planes. That deserves a “well, actually:” women have been involved with powered flight since the very beginning.
While pioneering early aviators like Amelia Earhart may have seemed like novelties or aberrations, that changed with World War II. Just as it was a time for women to prove in large numbers they could do “a man’s job” in science and industry, this was also when women proved they could fly planes just as well. Air forces on all sides employed women as test pilots and to ferry new planes to the front lines. Moreover, in the Soviet Union, women pilots were put to the ultimate test in combat.
Due to the Cold War, the contribution of Soviet women combat pilots was little known in the West. Thankfully, more and more, their history is coming to light. Most of the attention goes to the “Night Witches,” an all-female regiment of bomber pilots. Flying their antiquated biplanes in the dead of night, they are a plucky underdog story. But arguably more amazing is the fact that the Soviet Union also entrusted women with the most expensive and technologically advanced hardware the Motherland had to offer: fighter planes.
This is the story of Soviet women fighter pilots of World War II.
I make no secret of my love of sports.
[What I should perhaps keep secret but will admit anyway is my perverse admiration for New England Patriots coach and hoodied evil wizard Bill Belichick. Watching him dominate the NFL is like watching Darth Vader in action at the end of Rogue One: I know he’s with the bad guys and he’s evil, but damn is it cool seeing him overwhelm mere mortals.]
All this is to say that on Super Bowl Sunday, I really felt like posting about sports. I’m going to shine a spotlight on five sports. To satisfy the need for my blog to also reference the historical and the bookish, these are all sports with ancient origins and I’ll be pairing them with book suggestions.