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Flyboys: A True Story of Courage

by James Bradley

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Post-Modern. First off this is kind of garbled. You start out learning there is some secret trial during WWII. Just when that starts to get interesting all the sudden we are subjected to a chapter of how American's have a history of committing atrocities and wiping out the Indians starting from the very beginning of Western civilization coming to the New World.

Then we get a history lesson on Japan and then a chapter on Japanese atrocities. Japan committed terrible terrible atrocities on the Chinese. It talks about how new officers were required to cut off the head of a unarmed civilian tied up to prove they could handle being an officer in a war zone. It talks about for bayonet practice they would circle a Chinese man or woman's heart and then stab them everywhere but in the circle to get as much practice in killing someone before the person actually died. But his point here is that the American's were just as bad because of the way we treated the Indians. So there is really no one that was better than anyone else the Pacific WWII conflict according to this author.

Then we learn that because the Jimmy Doolittle raid when the Americans bombed the Japanese mainland for the first time during WWII we hit a hospital that made us actually worse than the Japanese because they only attacked military targets in the Pearl Harbor sneak attack.

Then there are lots of random stories including one on George H.W. Bush's experiences in WWII. And he finally comes back to his original story but it ends up being lost and overshadowed in everything else he writes.

Don't worry, he also gets in his withing distaste for Teddy Roosevelt worked in here too.

Poorly written. Avoid. ( )
  Chris_El | Mar 19, 2015 |
Flyboys tells the story of an air raid that took place during the Battle of Iwo Jima, some 150 miles away, when U.S. warplanes bombed the small communications outpost on Chichi Jima.
" While Iwo Jima had Japanese forces numbering 22,000, Chichi Jima's forces numbered 25,000."

Nine American Navy and Marine fliers were shot down off the Japanese-held island of Chichi Jima.
One ( Lieutenant George H. W. Bush) was picked up by the American submarine USS Finback.
"The others were captured by the Japanese and held as prisoners.
Then they disappeared."
...torture, execution and in some cases cannibalism.

Initially, when the war was over, the brutality of Chichi Jima was whitewashed.
"The records of a top-secret military tribunal were sealed."
Families received a censored version of events as many of the Japanese captors were being executed for their war crimes.

Bradley explains "the Japanese warrior mentality that fostered inhuman brutality and the U.S. military strategy that justified attacks on millions of civilians."
Bradley takes us on a intimate tour of the lives of the flyboys ( pre-military)
"Many of the new breed of pilot were teenagers when the war broke out, and piloted fighters and dive bombers against the Japanese in the last two years of the war."

"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."
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I didn't begin to set forth or elaborate all of the ancillary history that Bradley presented.
You'll discover that when you read....

The 5 disc audio was presented by the author

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The deceased Flyboys of our story were :
Jimmy Dye from Mount Ephraim, New Jersey
Floyd Hall from Sedalia, Missouri
Marve Mershon from Los Angeles, California
Warren Earl Vaughn from Childress, Texas
Dick Woellhof from Clay Center, Kansas
Grady York from Jacksonville, Florida
Glenn Frazier from Athol, Kansas
Warren Hindenlang of Foxboro, Massachusetts ( )
  pennsylady | Jan 14, 2015 |
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 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316105848, Hardcover)

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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