3 out of 4 stars
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Tall Tales from the Tower: The REAL Hillbilly Elegy by Stephen G. Morris is a nonfiction book about the author’s life and his army service.
In this book, we follow Morris throughout various life stages, both private and professional. From his childhood to his retirement, he shares stories that are entertaining but also intriguing. Stephen Morris calls himself West Virginian, yet throughout his lifespan, he will work and travel the world and live in Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom. After dropping out of school, he joins the United States Air Force in 1960, where he stayed until 1984. After he retired from the Air Force, Morris found a job as an air traffic controller. In 2012, he retired and became a full-time caregiver to his wife.
I liked how the author included personal stories in this book. They show another side to an army man. The pride he feels for his family and wife is unmistakable. There are many stories about his life abroad and travels he went to with his wife. My favorite part of the entire book is the inclusion of photographs. There are many pictures with breathtaking landscapes and imposing aircraft that bring this book to life. For such a substantial career, this book is very concise. I also liked the author’s sense of humor, which balances out the serious tone of the book very well.
I would rate this book with three out of four stars. There were over ten errors that I noticed, and it prevents me to rate this book a perfect score. Moreover, I would suggest another proofreading because I didn’t even count as errors many mistakes regarding missed hyphens, misplaced and missing commas, and missing determiners. However, the cohesive storyline is hindering me from rating this book any lower.
I would recommend this book to all readers interested in military stories. Furthermore, American readers will especially find this book interesting as it deals with former US Air Force members. Yet, the author doesn’t shy away from opinions about politics and political leaders, which may upset some readers. There is no explicit content, just some minor profanities, which makes this book suitable for all age groups. Nevertheless, if you are not interested in topics regarding the army and flying, you might find this book very technical and not understandable. One thing is for sure, you can disagree with the author’s opinions, but you will appreciate his service.
Tall Tales from the Tower
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