Linebaugh Public Library is pleased to host local author Luke Truxal for a book signing on Saturday, February 3rd, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The author will be signing and selling copies of his book Uniting Against the Reich: The American Air War in Europe as well as speaking to the accuracy of the television series Masters of the Air at 1 p.m. in the 2nd floor meeting room.

About the Book

Uniting against the Reich: The American Air War in Europe addresses how the United States swiftly reversed its air war against the Axis powers by reevaluating both individual agency and the structural elements that impeded the US from taking the lead in the European Theater. Luke W. Truxal argues that the appointment of General Dwight D. Eisenhower as the Supreme Allied Commander incorporated various air commands under a single authority, which allowed them to unify their efforts against a specific strategic objective.

In this narrative, victory in Europe hinged on restructuring the air force under one command system to wage a series of sustained and targeted bombings against German infrastructure and industry. Truxal’s provocative reinterpretation of personality, material,and command organization helps to explain the success of the American war effort in Europe leading up to and after February 1944, when Germany lost 355 fighters during an operation that lasted only five days. This comprehensive and well-written account offers a compelling new assessment of the development of the American war in Europe and emphasizes the importance of developing an “air-mindedness” when evaluating and strategizing large-scale operations.

About the Author

Dr. Luke Truxal is an American military historian who writes about the application of American air power during the Second World War. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Texas in 2011 and 2018.  He is currently an adjunct professor of history at Cumberland University and an assistant editor at the web journal From Balloons to Drones. His main research interest is the air war in Europe from 1942 to 1945. He is the author of Uniting against the Reich: The American Air War in Europe. His previous publications include “Bombing the Romanian Rail Network,” in the Spring 2018 issue of Air Power History.  He is currently researching the air war over Romania from 1942 to 1944 with a particular emphasis on American and Soviet coordination and joint operations. 

The author will have copies of his book to sign and sell at $40.00 each. Cash and credit cards will be accepted.

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