Flyboys A True Story of Courage Author:James Bradley 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. A... more »fter 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 mysteryuntil 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 storya tale of courage and daring, of war and of death, of men and of hopewill make you proud, and it will break your heart.« less
This book was quite an eye opener for me as to the atrocities done on both sides of the war. Be prepared though, there are some very graphic details described in the book. Not recommended reading for the squeamish. It does give some pretty good insight into the mind set of the opposing sides. I have to rate this very high in the must read books about WW II.
Over the remote 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 miraculousy rescued by a U.S. Navy submarine. The others were captured by Japanesw soldiers on Chichi Jima and held prisoner... Then they disappeared...
An intriguing history of events surrounding a Japanese held island during WWII. Although history, Bradley's story-telling makes this a real page turner. He includes background information about the cultural differences between Japan and the west, and how the U.S. government controlled information, that makes for a fascinating perspective on the war in the Pacific.
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Absolutely loved this book! I first read Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley, which is one of my favorite books, so I thought to read Flyboys as well. Bradley tells a harrowing story of the fate of the Flyboys who were bombing Chichi Jima during WWII. Some parts of it are difficult to read in that they are so gruesome it is appalling. Flyboys gives a different view on both the Japanese and the Americans. The book is very informative, intriguing, and perhaps a little frightening, but well worth the read.
This should be required reading for history classes. The sanitized version of history taught in schools today is doing our society much harm. This is not an easy read, but truthful and necessary to know how to move forward. He who is ignorant of history is doomed to relive it.
I found this book to be a difficult read for me due to the very heavy and disturbing content. This is not a fun lightweight read about boys who fly airplanes in WWII. It is a brutal history about the men who flew planes and bombed Japan and their less than positive experiences and outcomes. "War is hell" and this book clearly shows why people say that. I am glad I finished it and am the better for having read about what really happened there. I now have an even deeper appreciation for the bomber pilots who flew during the war.
Mass murder, rape, decapitation, cannibalism; this book had all the elements of a movie that I would be too squeamish to see. The background info was a bit heavy, but I couldn't put the book down when I got to the second half. This was a story that needed to be told and Bradley did a great job telling it.
I loved this book so much. I read it then put it on my bookshelf to share as it was so wonderful, then decided i had to have it again for a friend to read, so ordered it again and now that she has enjoyed it--here i have listed again as this was so good it needs to be shared,