The Best Biographies of World War I Reviewed By BookViral

"A powerful biography that will linger in your memory..."

Biographies of World War 1

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  • Publisher: ‎ Luminare Press (November 8, 2022)
  • Publication date: ‎ November 8, 2022
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Print length: ‎ 315 pages
  • Genre: Biographies of World War I


The BookViral Review:

The best biographies offer much more than insight into another’s life and in The Many Adventures of Donnie Malone, Paul E. Doutrich manages the difficult feat of delivering an intimate biography against an epic backdrop of war and technological evolution.

Doutrich doesn’t write for sensation. He simply tells Donnie’s fascinating story from Donnie’s perspective.  He’s resolute but understated in his narration and it’s to his credit that his prose achieves a tone that doesn’t force Donnie’s story upon its readers – he wasn’t a historical figure but one of many people who have delved deep into a well of reserve and found the tenacity and courage to adapt and grow when faced with seemingly overwhelming odds.

It’s a revealing and candid story that focuses, in the main, on Donnie’s passion for flying. Donnie shares his fears, sense of despair and the losses that impacted his formative years and leaves the reader in no doubt that what they have read is a testament to the triumph of the human spirit to overcome and prevail. From the continuity and sense of achievement he found through learning to fly to corporate success and his relationship with American fighter pilot and Medal of Honor recipient Eddie Rickenbacker who pushed Eastern Airlines into a period of growth and innovation to become the most profitable airline in the post-war era.

You can seldom sense conflict or ambivalence in Doutrich’s writing, but he doesn’t cushion reality’s jagged edge and in telling Donnie’s story he’s particularly adept at opening up conversations about loss that will have many readers reflecting on the transitory nature of life and the finite years we have to share with the ones we love.

There’s a great deal of what matters to Doutrich upon these pages and as readers delve deeper into Donnie’s adventures they will find many have the ring of eulogies, stark in their telling and respectful to those who have died. Reminding us what spurs men and women to acts of heroism and self-sacrifice in times of war and the extraordinary steps they take in their exploration of the unknown. In this way, ordinary artefacts of Donnie’s life are charged with great significance as Doutrich rounds out significant characters and Donnie’s relationship with them. This in turn leaves us with a deep and lasting impression of his life’s journey and the choices he made.

A powerful biography that will linger in your memory long after the last page is turned The Many Adventures of Donnie Malone is unreservedly recommended.


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