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The Tuskegee Airmen, An Illustrated History: 1939-1949 by Joseph Caver, Jerome Ennels and Daniel Haulman

In a glowing article, The Montgomery Advertiser’s Al Benn praises NewSouth Books’ new title The Tuskegee Airmen, An Illustrated History: 1939-1949 as “the best of the batch” of books on the Airmen “because it takes a different approach” to the story of this famed military unit. Benn enthusiastically describes the book as “an encyclopedia crammed with everything you ever wanted to know about the organization” and notes that “the best part is that it is home-grown,” being authored by three historian/archivists from Maxwell Air Force Base, whose access to hundreds of historical documents “helped them to produce a superb 230-page book.”

The Tuskegee Airmen, An Illustrated History: 1939-1949 had its launch party on May 5 at The NewSouth Bookstore on South Court Street in Montgomery. Authors Joseph Caver, Jerome Ennels, and Daniel Haulman were delighted to be joined by Airmen veteran Lt. Col. Herbert Carter, who had been a member of the 99th Fighter Squadron. Lt. Col. Carter is prominently featured in the book. In his Advertiser story, Al Benn identifies Carter’s photos as being among his personal favorites. The veteran pilot delighted guests by signing copies of the book along with the authors.

Authors Joseph Caver (left), Daniel Haulman (top middle) and Jerome Ennels (right) with former Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. (ret.) Herbert Carter (bottom middle).

The Tuskegee Airmen, An Illustrated History: 1939-1949 goes further than previous publications, using captioned photographs–many never published before–to trace the Airmen through their various stages of training, deployment, and combat. It also showcases the work of the Airmen’s diverse ground personnel. The book is the first to contain a detailed chronology of the Airmen’s wartime missions.

Interest in the Airmen continues to grow, with major motion picture due out next year from director George Lucas, and many books on the topic already in existence. The Tuskegee Airmen, An Illustrated History: 1939-1949 stands as the most comprehensive treatment of this distinguished group of pilots and the crews who supported them.

The Tuskegee Airmen, An Illustrated History: 1939-1949 is available from NewSouth Books, Amazon.com, or your favorite retail or online book seller.

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