JIMMY STEWART, BOMBER PILOT
Starr Smith * * * *
Extremely interesting view of a top movie star who joined the army before Pearl Harbor and rose in rank from private to brigadier general, all with as little publicity as he could manage. He followed orders with precision and alacrity. He earned respect and love from those he commanded because he never raised his voice (well, almost never) nor scolded. He just let those under his command know that he knew what they did, without actually accusing them. He expected them to correct it themselves, and they did. He flew 20 bombing mission, most of them because he chose to, and showed concern in everything that affected his men.
I, personally, felt my interest stall while Smith went into more detail than I wanted or needed to know about military affairs over and above what pertained to Stewart. I did enjoy the illustrations, and all in all, I recommend this book to anyone interested in WWII, or in Jimmy Stewart.
The big lesson I learned was that Jimmy Stewart excelled because he filled orders with precision and alacrity, prepared well, loved life, treated others with respect, retained modest humility, and I would do well to do likewise. I also know and reaffirmed that my husband had those same qualities. He also retired the year Stewart did.