What are the main themes of the book The Wild Blue?

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The overarching, broad theme of Stephen Ambrose’s book is the important role that US military air power played in winning World War Two. Specifically, the author contrasts the US approach in the European Theater to that of Great Britain, arguing that the US's approach was not just different but superior.

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The overarching, broad theme of Stephen Ambrose’s book is the important role that US military air power played in winning World War Two. Specifically, the author contrasts the US approach in the European Theater to that of Great Britain, arguing that the US's approach was not just different but superior.

A related theme is the rapid development of the modern military department from a small branch of the Army, formerly its Air Corps, to becoming the Air Force as we know it today. A narrow but highly significant theme is that contributions of one particular plane, the B-24, and those who flew it should be re-evaluated in a more positive light. For Ambrose, the B-24 played key roles in highly difficult conditions; he highlights the experiences of one well-known pilot, George McGovern, who later became a US Senator and presidential candidate.

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