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The Clemens Medal is awarded to an author for a book of outstanding literary quality and design. 

Congratulations, Chris Madsen, a deserving winner of The Clemens Medal.

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How the Mighty Fall, EJ Chadwell


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Steve Snyder is the author of SHOT DOWN: The true story of pilot Howard Snyder and the crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth. He is also president of the 306th Bomb Group Historical Association.

Growing up, Steve knew the basics of his father’s World War II experiences, but it wasn’t until after he retired in 2009 that he had the time to delve into his father’s war history in greater depth to learn more. During his research, Steve read book after book about the air war in Europe and spent countless hours doing research on the internet. He also joined numerous WW II organizations and attended their reunions where he listened to veterans tell their stories.

While attending a reunion of the 306th Bomb Group held in Savannah, Georgia in September 2012, Steve finally decided to write a book. After all that he had learned, he came to the conclusion that the story of his father and the crew was so unique and so compelling that it had to be told and people needed to read about it.

Set within the framework of World War II, SHOT DOWN is about the dramatic experiences of each member of the crew after their bomber (piloted by Steve’s father) was knocked out of the sky by German fighters over the French/Belgian border and about the courageous Belgian patriots who risked their lives to help them. The hardcover book has more than 200 time period photographs of the people who were involved and the places where the events took place.

After finishing his manuscript, Steve decided to independently publish it by forming a one person limited liability company and then contracting with independent professionals for all the associated services such as editing, cover design, interior layout, printing, and fulfillment. The book was released in August 2014 and has since won 17 national book awards.

SHOT DOWN is available at Barnes & Noble stores and on Amazon where it has a 4.9 reader review rating (91% 5 stars). In addition, it is sold in the gift stores of the major air museums in the U.S including: National WW II Museum in New Orleans, LA; National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, OH; National Museum of the Mighty 8th Air Force in Pooler, GA, and Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

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