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The story of the men and women who served at Tuskegee Army Air Field from 1941 to 1946.
Posted December 28, 2011
Posted July 26, 2002
In light of the recent death of General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., I set out to read as much about the Tuskegee Airmen as I could find. I am so very pleased that I was able to buy a copy of 'Black Knights: the Story of the Tuskegee Airmen.' It is so wonderfully written and full of very exciting stories of personal heroism. At the same time, the book brings out just how important teamwork is. I encourage, no, I strongly encourage everyone to read this book if they really want to know about the Tuskegee Airmen.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 2, 2002
I have read several books on the Tuskegee Airmen and this is without any doubt, the best one that I have read. It is so very obvious that the authors labored very diligently to produce such a masterful treatment of a very import piece of American history. My hat is off to the authors for telling this story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 4, 2001
'As an original Tuskegee Airman, I considered myself knowledgeable about the Tuskegee Experience. 'Black Knights: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen' reminded me of events both sad and enjoyable that have been forgotten for more than fifty-five years. Meticulously researched and thoughtfully written, the book also provided a wealth of detailed information with which I was unfamiliar.' Hiram E. Mann, USAF (Retired)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 26, 2001
'Between 1941 and 1948, black airmen trained at a segregated facility in Tuskegee, Alabama, in a social experiment that eventually led to the opening of the armed services to black men and women. What became known as the Tuskegee Experience was the culmination of 10 years of struggle by civil rights groups to get the War Department to allow blacks to serve in the military. The hard-fought victory fell substantially short of the real objective--an integrated armed service. Still, the Tuskegee Airmen secured a significant place in American and black history for bravery in service on and off the battlefield. Through interviews with Tuskegee Airmen and their families, as well as archival research, Homan and Reilly convey the organizational and personal struggles behind the Tuskegee Experience. Homan and Reilly detail the training and war missions of the black airmen, hardships overcome in Europe as well as at home. This is a treasure of photographs and recollections of an important part of American history.--Vanessa Bush'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 29, 2001
'Engaging and superbly researched, 'Black Knights: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen' provides us with important details about the efforts of early African-American aviators and their struggles with the military's segregation policies. Lynn Homan and Thomas Reilly center their work around the Tuskegee Airmen, who served in the training program at Tuskegee Army Air Field from 1941 to 1946. The book is primarily comprised of fascinating interviews and a wealth of historical photographs (there are 101 illustrations). Homan and Reilly take care not to focus simply on the pilots' stories, but to capture the experiences of the nurses, the mechanics, the staff officers, and even the band members. The Tuskegee aviators and the victories of all-black squadrons in Europe ably prove that these airmen possessed nothing less than 'the right stuff.' Note: Homan and Reilly designed the acclaimed 'Tuskegee Airmen' traveling museum exhibition, as well as the 'African Americans in Aviation' permanent exhibit at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum in Savannah, GA.' from The Charleston Daily NewsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 10, 2001
Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes! This book should be mandatory reading for everyone from grade school on up. Seldom have I ever read a book that told such an uplifting story of people faced with daily slights and slurs that were so dedicated toward the end result that they were willing to take almost anything thrown at them. All heroes, everyone of them. The authors have done a tremendous job of bringing the story of the Tuskegee Airmen to life--they should certainly be congratulated.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.