This is a book about heroism. Not the hollow Jack Bauer style of heroism, but the quiet, ordinary type that all of us could aspire to. In July of 1948, Lieutenant Gail Halvorsen dropped three little bundles of candy via parachute to waiting children in Berlin, beginning what grew into Operation Little Vittles. Halvorsen didn't have permission to drop chocolates from his plane. No orders to had come down as part of a propaganda campaign--his was a simple act of kindness. Word of his action spread, and over the next sixteen months 25 plane crews dropped 23 tons of sweets, bringing hope to Berlin's children.If, like me, you're weary of our daily bombardment of bad news, read this book. It reminded me that one person acting with simple human kindness can still improve the world.