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Chappie and his fellow pilots at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama were among the first blacks anywhere to successfully resist discrimination, risking violent physical abuse and even death. As a result of their courage, the military became ...
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Chappie and his fellow pilots at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama were among the first blacks anywhere to successfully resist discrimination, risking violent physical abuse and even death. As a result of their courage, the military became committed to equal opportunity years before society in general began to move in that direction.
Chappie was also a man of action, flying over a hundred combat missions in Korea and Vietnam--some of which are described with vivid clarity and unforgettable detail. Never daunted, he even confronted Muammar Khaddafy at the gates of Wheelus Air Force Base in Libya.
Chappie drew inspiration from his family and from the culture to which he was born and raised. These influences are traced in detail, so that the reader is able to understand Chappie James as a complete man. He was a big man and could be hard and intimidating. But he could also be warm and gentle, traits which allowed his love for mankind never to die, no matter how he was provoked.
Readers will come to know a great American, and realize how one person with conviction and courage can effect positive changes.
Posted February 2, 2001
I found this book to be extremely well written and informative. However, I feel that a little too much time was spent talking about the Black Officer's being banned from the Officer's Club...almost 150 pages worth. This detracted from General James considerably and was not sufficiently tied into the 'Life and Times' of this great man. I did enjoy the reading (being an Air Force Senior NCO) and sent copies of the book to my father and father-in-law, both of which are retired Air Force Senior NCO's and were in the service during General James' eraWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.