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Flyboys: A True Story of Courage

by James Bradley

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Although the core story is interesting, I was completely lost in the haze of details that added nothing for me. Setting the scene is one thing but there was just too much that took away from the main focus on the pilots at Chichi Jima. Whenit was all done, I wasn't really sure what story he meant to tell.
  amyem58 | Nov 5, 2014 |
This is a hard book to read, but worth the pain. So much of history (all?) is slanted to present the best look at the author's chauvinism. This book seems to be pretty even-handed is showing the gruesome barbarity of war as waged by any nation. Not all nations practice all the possible atrocities, all the time, and the notion that one death is better, or more fair, than another becomes questionable by the end of the book.

I have heard from the children of Pacific War vets that they can never forgive the Japanese, but this book gives several first-hand accounts of just that forgiveness. It is that grace that in the end makes this book readable. ( )
  kaulsu | Oct 27, 2014 |
Recently read this book and overall I liked it. It revealed the brutality that Japanese soldiers showed to our flyers when they were captured. Our men were decapitated and cannabilized by their capturers. Well written by Bradley and it contained some recently released information that had been kept from the public for years. ( )
  PeterFWarren | Aug 16, 2012 |
Should have been subtitled race, war, morality, and hypocrisy in the Pacific. It uses the story of nine downed fliers as a fulcrum for discussing the ethics and blatant bull of both Japan and the US in times of armed conflict from the 1630s to the 1950s. ( )
2 vote Segapup | Aug 29, 2011 |
Good book, great insight to some of the key events of the Pacific theater during WW2. ( )
  dharper1 | Mar 16, 2011 |
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FLYBOYS is the true story of young American airmen who were shot down over Chichi Jima. Eight of these young men were captured by Japanese troops and taken prisoner. Another was rescued by an American submarine and went on to become president. The reality of what happened to the eight prisoners has remained a secret for almost 60 years. After the war, the American and Japanese governments conspired to cover up the shocking truth. Not even the families of the airmen were informed what had happened to their sons. It has remained a mystery--until now. Critics called James Bradley's last book "the best book on battle ever written." FLYBOYS is even better: more ambitious, more powerful, and more moving. On the island of Chichi Jima those young men would face the ultimate test. Their story--a tale of courage and daring, of war and of death, of men and of hope--will make you proud, and it will break your heart.

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"Over the remote Pacific island of Chichi Jimi, nine American flyers - Navy and Marine airmen sent to bomb Japanese communications towers there - were shot down. One of those nine was miraculously rescued by a U.S. Navy submarine. The others were captured by Japanese soldiers on Chichi Jima and held prisoner." "Then they disappeared." "When the war was over, the American government, along with the Japanese, covered up everything that had happened on Chichi Jima. The records of a top-secret military tribunal were sealed, the lives of the eight Flyboys were erased, and the parents, brothers, sisters, and sweethearts they left behind were left to wonder." "Flyboys reveals for the first time ever the extraordinary story of those men. Bradley's quest for the truth took him from dusty attics in American small towns, to untapped government archives containing classified documents, to the heart of Japan, and finally to Chichi Jima itself. What he discovered was a mystery that dated back far before World War II - back 150 years, to America's westward expansion and Japan's first confrontation with the western world." "Flyboys is a story of war and horror but also of friendship and honor. It is about how we die, and how we live - including the tale of the Flyboy who escaped capture, a young Navy pilot named George H. W. Bush, who would one day become president of the United States."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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