Title: Goshawk Squadron
Author: Robinson, Derek
Publisher: Viking Press, New York
Publication Date: 1972
Edition: First Edition
Book Condition: G
D-j Condition: VG
Comments: Smudge on bottom of front board. Glue residue on FFEP. Spot on inside front cover. D-j has slight wear.
Synopsis: Set during the height of World War I in January 1918, Goshawk Squadron follows the misfortunes of a British flight squadron on the Western Front. For Stanley Woolley, commanding officer of Goshawk Squadron, the romance of chivalry in the clouds is just a myth. The code he drums into his men is simple and savage: shoot the enemy in the back before he knows you’re there. Even so, he believes the whole squadron will be dead within three months. A monumental work at the time of its original release, Booker-shortlisted Goshawk Squadron is now viewed as a classic in the mode of Catch 22. Wry, brutal, cynical and hilarious, the men of Robinson’s squadron are themselves an embodiment of the maddening contradictions of war: as much a refined troop of British gentleman as they are a viscous band of brothers hell-bent on staying alive and winning the war.