Author Steven Pressfield –whose The Lion’s Gate has amazed everyone I have given it to or pushed it on– is bringing Israel’s first fighter pilot “ace” to the studio today: Major General Giora Romm (Israeli Defense Forces, Ret.)
Giora Romm shot down five Migs in the Six Day War, was himself shot down over Egypt on September 11, 1969, suffering horrible injuries when his ejection seat exited his crippled Mirage, injuries that became more mangled when he and the seat hit the ground. Romm then went on to survive hasty surgeries on broken limbs, harsh months of interrogation followed by long stretches of solitary confinement followed by beatings and more interrogation and solitary before being exchanged for Egyptian prisoners of war. After numerous operations to repair his shattered leg and arm and a long recovery, Romm returned to the sky and to air combat in the Yom Kippur War, leading the 115th Squadron in that war.
Solitary: The Crash, Recovery, and Resurrection of an Ace Fighter Pilot is already a classic in Israel and now is available in English and will almost certainly be on every fighter pilot’s bookshelf and widely read by anyone with an interest in courage the human capacity for endurance, survival and recovery.