Fight­ing Back: Stan Andrews and the Birth of the Israeli Air Force

  • From the Publisher
September 1, 2021

Fight­ing Back is about Stan Andrews, an assim­i­lat­ed Amer­i­can Jew and World War II vet­er­an who in 1948 became one of the first fight­er pilots in the Israeli air force. The book fol­lows Stan’s short but daz­zling life, includ­ing his tran­si­tion from a bril­liant stu­dent and tal­ent­ed artist into a dar­ing bomber pilot in the Pacif­ic dur­ing WWII, his post-war stud­ies and romance in Los Ange­les, and then his dra­mat­ic and unex­pect­ed deci­sion to fight for a Jew­ish state. In Israel Stan served in the country’s first fight­er squadron, per­formed high lev­el liai­son work under an assumed name, and then served in a bomber squadron before dis­ap­pear­ing in a dra­mat­ic bomb­ing raid. Along the way we expe­ri­ence. Stan’s inner tur­moil and jour­ney – from a high­ly assim­i­lat­ed Jew whose iden­ti­ty was rekin­dled by 1940s anti­semitism into the per­son who made the dra­mat­ic and fate­ful deci­sion to fight for a Jew­ish state.

The book has received advance praise from, among oth­ers, Dan Senor (co-author of Start-Up Nation) and Yos­si Klein Hale­vi (author of Like Dream­ers).

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