Flyboys

Flyboys

A True Story of Courage

eBook - 2008
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Over the remote Pacific island of Chichi Jima, 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 and held by Japanese soldiers on Chichi Jim and held prisoner.
Publisher: [New York?] : Little, Brown and Co., 2008.
ISBN: 9780759508323
0759508321

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anon_reader
May 21, 2018

This is a good book, not a great book, but a book well worth reading nonetheless.

It is only merely good because the author tries to do too many things at once: tell how the U.S. foresaw that air power would be key to winning World War II and the story of eight airmen who were murdered by the Japanese on Chichi Jima. Mixed in, just for good measure, is the story of how George H.W. Bush was shot down over Chichi Jima and rescued. If the author had simply told the story of how the U.S. developed their air force during the period leading up to World War II, and during World War II, it might have been a great book. Or if the author had concentrated on the story of the seven airmen and their experiences, it might have been a great book. As it is, it is just good. Read it. You will learn things you perhaps didn't want to know, but should know.

Not to be confused with the movie of the same name, which was about World War I pilots.

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Daveinportland
Aug 29, 2016

Most know of his other book, Flags of Our Fathers, but I found this to be a much better read. Quite interesting and very informative of the mindset of both Americans and Japanese during the Pacific War.

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dallas101
Jun 24, 2016

Very well written. Details of many aspects of WWII that most people never learned about. Very interesting to learn more about the mindset of both sides in this horrible war.

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21288004246712
Feb 15, 2010

good insight into the horror of the war with Japan, balanced and well researched as usual from this author, but parts of this book are grotesque

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