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Reviews and Endorsements Of Suicide Jockeys: The Making of the WWII Combat Glider Pilot

These pilots were a vital part of the greatest generation and Monique Taylor reminds us that our obligation is to never forget their sacrifice.  Glider pilots did not fly and fight to conquer nations but to provide freedom to oppressed people.  Well done!   ~ Colonel Mike Thornton, U.S. Army (Retired) Loudon, Tennessee

This is an outstanding work, identifying pilots and soldiers by name, highlighting major developments, events, locations, and conclusions. The author’s intent is fully satisfied, while adding comprehensive documentation to the present limited existing glider program information.  ~James C. Pollard LTC (R.), Former Army Paratrooper
I’d wager most historians and students of the Second World War and avid readers of military literature know little about the thousands of young men who took to the skies on one-way missions in craft made of plywood, fabric, and glue to deliver men and materiel to the battlefield. To fill the knowledge gap, and to bring long overdue recognition to these extraordinary aviators, Taylor combed through military archives, read countless wartime reports, and conducted firsthand interviews with experts in the field. Then, she deftly interwove her narrative with anecdotes that sit the reader on that thin plywood seat as the glider approaches the earth soundlessly and in the black of night. Hold on tight, dear reader, for a fabulous ride with these unsung heroes!
~ Rona Simmons, author of A Gathering of Men and The Other Veterans of World War II
After reading Suicide Jockeys: The Making of the WWII Combat Glider Pilot I have a new appreciation of the role of the glider pilots. I honestly did not realize how significant their role was.  I found myself getting angry, sympathetic and respectful of their role. No one certainly had it easy, but I think the glider pilots did double duty. There were many unsung heroes in the war, but especially those glider pilots who stepped forward despite the odds against them that brings them to the top of the bar.  ~ P. Brown, son of WWII 11th Infantry Airborne paratrooper
Monique’s Suicide Jockey has left no stone unturned with a masterful blend of detailed research and first-hand accounts. You can sense the passion to carry on the story of the warriors who were the "boys in the CG-4As”. Not only does the author create an atmosphere of empathy towards the chaotic nature of the Glider Pilot Program but tastefully captures the reality of wartime. When looking at the entire picture, one can only agree- these men’s stories are distinctly unique and must be shared! -Joshua Mousseau
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