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The Bad Boy: Bert Hall, Aviator and Mercenary of the Skies (English Edition) de [Pardoe, Blaine Lee]
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Weston Birch (Bert) Hall carved out his place in history with an almost devilish delight. Much of what has been written about him, including his own two autobiographies, has proven over the years to be more fiction than reality. He was labelled numerous times in his career: rogue, scoundrel, card cheat, forger, human cannonball, World War 1 pilot, criminal, bigamist, deserter, filmmaker, author, soldier of fortune, hero, Chinese General, arms smuggler, Foreign Legionnaire, salesman, aerial racer, aviation pioneer, father, and entrepreneur. Oddly enough, these titles were all true. Bert Hall's fantastic life and status as the bad boy of the Lafayette Escadrille have often eclipsed the truth. Turning to primary sources in archives around the world, many that have been overlooked for decades, this book makes the first attempt to reconstruct the life of Bert Hall. For the first time aficionados of World War 1 aviation and aviation history will get a glimpse into the life of a man who lived in extraordinary times and took advantage of them. While Bert's autobiographies were penned mostly to create a myth around his life, they often were based on kernels of truth. This book finds those kernels and paints the real-life picture of an amazing man who lived in incredible times. As the elder man of the Lafayette Escadrille, Bert was basically run out of the squadron by his colleagues. That should have been the end of his story. In reality, it was just the beginning. In an age where the world was fascinated by aviators, Bert became a real-life comic book character - a mercenary of the skies! Within two years, the Lafayette Escadrille, a squadron or rogues, playboys and misfits has claimed an incredible 900 kills and produced 72 aces!

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BLAINE PARDOE is the author of numerous books in SF, military non-fiction, and business management genres. He has appeared on a number of national television and radio shows to speak about his books and has been a featured speaker at the US National Archives, the United States Navy Museum and the New York Military Affairs Symposium. He is also a member of the League of World War 1 Aviation Historians. His books have even been mentioned in the US Congress. His books have been printed in six languages and he is recognised worldwide for his historical and fiction works

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  • Formato: Versión Kindle
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  • Longitud de impresión: 224
  • Editor: Fonthill Media (13 de marzo de 2013)
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  • Idioma: Inglés
  • ASIN: B00BU61RGO
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas The Bad Boy Bert Hall: Aviator and Mercenary of the Skies 1 de julio de 2013
Por Joyce M. Gilmour - Publicado en
Formato: Tapa dura
Blaine L. Pardoe thanks many people in his acknowledgments for helping him to pull off his book titled: The Bad Boy, Bert Hall: Aviator and Mercenary of the Skies. It is obvious by the extensive amount of endnotes and the bibliography, that this author has done his research. According to the book jacket, "Blaine Pardoe calls on previously untapped archival material to uncover the fascinating truth behind the myth of one of America's greatest daredevil adventurers." Readers will be impressed with all they will learn about Bert Hall. I found it interesting that Pardoe decided to research Hall's life because while working on the book Lost Eagles, he learned about Frederick Zinn's lifelong friendship with Bert Hall. And because the men seemed so opposite, the quest to learn more began and has resulted in this book.

Bert Hall desired to seek adventure and new challenges. He was born in 1885, named Weston Birch Hall. It is not clear when/where he picked up the nickname of "Bert." At the age of 21, he joined the Sells-Floto Circus, but apparently only for a short time. He told people that he was a human cannonball, a stunt rider, and/or a wild animal trainer, but records show that he most likely was more of a "greeter" or helped to put up posters around towns. The importance of was the beginning of the difficulty in sorting fact from fiction when it comes to Bert Hall's life. Blaine Pardoe had a huge task in sorting out all of those details with the sources he was able to locate.

One could find Bert Hall driving a taxi in the city of Paris and the Bert Hall of the French Foreign Legion. It appears that during this time, he "honed his skills at reinventing himself, weaving tales about his life and experiences. Testing those tales with the men in the trenches" (or in his taxicab) "gave him a good feeling for what stories would work and what wouldn't."

Hall trained in the French Air Service, and many details of this process and experiences are included in the book. Readers wanting to learn about aviation history will enjoy this book. We also learn that Hall received his first medal in 1916. The citation read: "The Médaille Militaire is conferred upon W. Bert Hall, sergeant of Escadrille N.124 and engaged volunteer for the duration of the war. After having served in the infantry, been twice wounded, transferred to aviation. Has very rapidly become a pilot of the first class and very outstanding gunner. Very intelligent, energetic, and most audacious. Has fulfilled his demanding mission of great peril and danger over German lines on many occasions. On 22 May 1916 he engaged the enemy in severe combat and destroyed two adversaries within a few hundred metres of our trenches. This nomination carried the Croix de Guerre and one palm leaf."

Bert Hall arrived in the United States at a time when our country was "hungry for war heroes." Since America was at the beginning of the war, and he had experienced war, he was called upon to do benefits and speaking events. It was during this time that he wrote his autobiography En l'air! Bert Hall managed to get around and his travels produced both a number of wives and children. One might say his personal life was quite "colorful."

Beginning in 1921, Hall worked for 20th Century Fox as a writer, actor, and aviation consultant. From there on out, he was always looking for ways to make money and work deals, always taking chances. Pardoe says of him: "His knack for being in the right place at the right time in history is almost uncanny. He came to define what a mercenary--an aerial soldier of fortune--was in the eyes of many people." He certainly was a man of flaws/faults. In summary, Pardoe writes: "Bert did not try and correct his personal flaws, he simply reinvented himself. From pilot to Chinese General, from gun-runner to businessman, from bestselling author to movie producer, Bert always found a niche for himself and stepped into it."

So for readers who enjoy learning history "one person at a time," or through the life and times of one very colorful character, The Bad Boy, Bert Hall:Aviator and Mercenary of the Skies could be the book of choice. Kudos to Blaine L. Pardoe and all those who contributed so that it was possible for him to write this informative biography of a man that might otherwise not receive his due in history.
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas THE "BAD BOY" OF THE ESCADRILLE LAFAYETTE: BERT HALL 2 de enero de 2014
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Bert Hall (1885-1948) was the "black sheep" of the Escadrille Lafayette, the legendary group of American fighter pilots who flew for France during the First World War. This book explores in great detail his life, one that was often shrouded in mystery. Like a rolling stone that gathers no moss, Hall was a loveable rogue, a charmer, a businessman, a liar, and an adventure seeker. He came to France in 1912 in the employ of a wealthy American family as a chauffeur. Subsequently, Hall went to Paris, where he was working as a cab driver when war was declared in August 1914. Thereupon, he enlisted in the French Foreign Legion and saw action at the Front later that year. Two years later, after a campaign engineered by a number of wealthy and influential Americans in France to form an air unit in the French Aviation Militaire composed of Americans, Hall was flying Nieuport fighters in combat with N-124, better known as the Escadrille Lafayette.

Hall later left N-124 and served with a French unit in Russia. Eventually, he made his way back to the U.S., wrote a best selling book about his war experiences, and appeared in a movie (in 1918) as the dashing air hero. Whatever one may think of Bert Hall, what is certain is that he lived life to the full.
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas A well-written biography of an amazing man. 30 de abril de 2016
Por Steve T. - Publicado en
Formato: Versión Kindle Compra verificada
As a kid, I read Bert Hall's book "One Man's War" several times because it was a thrilling adventure. In the years since then I learned that the book was a ghost written lie, and that Bert Hall was a scoundrel who lied and cheated his way through life. Finally someone has peeled back the layers of lies and counter-lies to expose an amazingly complex man who actually did do some of the amazing things he claimed to have done, as well as some of the dastardly deeds his detractors claimed he did. In this incredibly well-researched book Blaine Pardoe shows that Bert Hall really did work for the circus (though probably not as a human cannon ball), he really was a chauffeur and "muscle" for a political boss, he voluntarily joined the French Foreign Legion to fight for an ideal at a penny a day, he became a fighter pilot in the famed Lafayette Escadrille and shot down several enemy planes, he flew on the eastern front and traveled across Russia in the middle of the Revolution, he made movies in Hollywood, he got deeply involved in shady arms deals in China, and he generally played the role of a charming con artist around the world. He was married multiple times, and he usually remembered to divorce his old wife before marrying a new one. It's an amazing story, and in this book it's told amazingly well. Definitely a "must read" for anyone who's interested in World War 1 aviation, or who just enjoys a good yarn.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Another Winner from Blaine Pardoe! 1 de marzo de 2013
Por James A. Pardoe - Publicado en
Formato: Tapa dura Compra verificada
A great, yet factual story....research and detail is amazing!!!
The effort coninues to pay off for this award wining author!
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