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Black Tulip: The Life and Myth of Erich Hartmann, the World's Top Fighter Ace

Black Tulip: The Life and Myth of Erich Hartmann, the World's Top Fighter Ace (Hardback)

By Schmidt, Erik

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Black Tulip is the story of the top-scoring ace in history, a World War II Luftwaffe pilot named Erich Hartmann (1922-1993). Over 1,404 wartime missions, Hartmann scored 352 kills (the top American ace, Dick Bong, scored 40) and his career was full of drama. There are the frostbi...tten fighter sweeps over the Russian tundra; drunken forays to Hitler's Eagle's Nest; a decade of imprisonment in the Soviet camps; and a second flying career during the Cold War that ended with scandal and unmet promises. Alongside the narrative of an aviator and a war, this book is about how heroes are made, and marketed. Just when Hartmann's second career was faltering, he was adopted by an insular network of writers and commentators personally invested in his welfare and reputation. These men, mostly Americans, published lavish, celebratory stories about Hartmann and his elite fraternity of Luftwaffe pilots. With each dogfight tale put into print, Hartmann's legacy became loftier and more secure, and his complicated service in the defense of Nazism faded away. Sometimes this amounted to historical generosity. Sometimes it was just fraudulent. Black Tulip locates the ambiguous truth about Hartmann and so much of the Wehrmacht in general: these men usually were neither Nazi thugs nor impeccable knights. They were complicated, contradictory, diverse, and committed to a conflict they didn't fully understand. This book portrays a complex human rather than the one-dimensional caricature we're used to, and it argues that the tidy, polished hero stories we've inherited about men like Hartmann say as much about those who've crafted them as they do about the heroes themselves.
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ISBN 9781612008240
Released NZ 30 Apr 2020
Publisher Casemate Publishers
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781612008240
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Casemate Publishers
Imprint Casemate Publishers
Released 30 Apr 2020
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Schmidt, Erik
Category True Stories: War / Combat / Elite Forces
World History: Second World War
World History: Postwar, From C 1945 -
Military History
Fascism & Nazism
International Relations
Battles & Campaigns
Aviation Skills / Piloting
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text True Military / Combat Stories
ONIX Text General/trade