This book is a handsome, delightful and very moving compilation of paintings and sculptures of World War I fliers, models and dioramas of Middle Eastern warriors; models of WWI airplanes, and cartoons and letters from the artist's time in the infantry in WWII. The text, aside from quotes from Tom's letters, was written by Tom's brother, James S. Leamon, retired History professor from Bates College. The book is splendidly designed by Rene Damon, a web designer. It has received excellent reviews from readers: some have said that it gave them a new and deeper understanding of a soldier's experience in war.
The book includes paintings of WWI famous fliers, including the Red Baron, von Richthofen, and the French flier, Georges Guynemer, all of whom are set in various religious formats, because they were treated as such by their countrymen; the portrait of von Richthofen is a triptych; the portrait of Guynemer is an icon - all traditional forms of paintings. The portrait of Guynemer has been accepted into the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
Tom Leamon is a Purple Heart veteran of World War II's "Battle of the Bulge". He is a 1949 graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, an editorial cartoonist and book illustrator. He grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is married, has children and grandchildren and now lives in Western Massachusetts.
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