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James Bradley’s #1 bestseller Flags of Our Fathers made real the humanity and legacy of war as few books had before. Now, in Flyboys, Bradley returns to. Flyboys has ratings and reviews. Joseph said: This book literally changed my view of the world. I was amazed, shocked, disgusted, astounded. General Yoshio Tachibana’s headquarters. Dick Woellhof, Floyd Hall, Marve Mershon, Jimmy Dye, Grady York, and Warren Earl Vaughn were tied up here. 2.

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Oct 03, Matt rated it it was amazing. The others were brutalized, beheaded and cannibalized by the Japanese soldiers on the island. Really, it was just one greusome quote after another from war veterans about human beings doing awful things to each other. I relate to Bradley’s struggle in the book, knowing war is sometimes necessary in the continuation of life on earth, or if not necessary, certainly unpreventable, but the lack of humanity that accompanies war raises new and unanswerable moral questions for me as well.

Bush, future President of the United States. James Bradley provides an important capturing of the dark, unspoken events that often are forgotten due to the size of World War 2. I wasn’t sure I wanted to finish this book because it started to make me hate, but the more I read the more it made me think.

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But there was something much worse for me in reading this book. The remaining eight, literally disappeared into history. It’s a difficult read, purely because the book contains so much about violence and human degradation, but I personally feel these are things I ought to know.


They took bradlye large sections of the eastern area of the country, including Nanking, which spawned the famous book “The Rape of Nanking”, describing this fighting in all its savagery. This book literally changed my view of the world.

Flyboys: A True Story of Courage

The two crewmen do not wear parachutes. The army officer-custodians of young Japanes minds had long endured rough corporal punishments in their barracks, and they transplanted their brutal treatment to the hradley. Pages with related products. James Bradley researched without prejudice the politics between the the countries both before and after Chichi Jima, a place jamds people have no awareness of was a place of great tragedy during the Pacific campaign in WWII.

And so you have here the invasion from China by the japs, the fire inferno over Germany and Japan with hundred flbyoys thousands casualties, the B flying Superfortresses with their deathly Napalm incendiary bombs!!!

Bradley writes with an interesting style, using short, terse sentences. Bush, who would one day become president of the United States.

Write a customer review. Fifty-seven years later, I asked George Bush what it was like to dive straight toward antiaircraft gunners trying to blow him out of the sky.

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There are plans to dedicate a memorial in Vaughn’s honor on the Childress courthouse square. He was able to paint both sides of what happened to some of the “flyboys” who had the misfortune of being shot down over this Pacific hell, and of the enlisted Japanese infantry whose duty it was to defend the island under a doctrine of fear, instilled by the abusive, dictator-like Japanese commanders.


Brafley, so I didn’t actually finish this book. In spite of the efforts of the author to be fair to both sides, I got the impression that the Japanese were far more cruel towards the people they captured, not least because their culture had no respect whatsoever flynoys POWs. He does a wonderful job of describing the lives of the pilots prior to their enlistment in the Navy and, as a result, does a mighty fine job documenting the rise of naval aviation and the use of aircraft in war.

There is a final Navy Report that you can find on the internet. People can argue about the morality of napalming civilians vs. This was honesty at its best Bradley brings into vivid focus these brave young men who went to war for their country, and through their lives he also tells the larger flyboyx of two nations in a hellish war.

To be honest, when my dad first recommended this book to me and I read the covers, I thought great, more overly patriotic “America: To illustrate, one U. The book is amazingly researched and very bradlet on all the details given. James Bradley offers an amazing overview of the Pacific War and the impact America’s commitment to an aerial war made upon its victory. Many of the Japanese interviewed after the war showed revulsion and sorrow for acts they had committed during the war.

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