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Flyboys: A True Story of Unabridged Courage

Flyboys: A True Story of Unabridged Courage

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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

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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. After 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 mystery�until 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 story�a tale of courage and daring, of war and of death, of men and of hope�will make you proud, and it will break your heart.


About the Author:
James Bradley is the author of Flags of Our Fathers and the son of one of the men who raised the American flag on Iwo Jima. He lives in Westchester County, New York.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
Late in World War II, U.S. marines invaded Iwo Jima; an immortal flag-raising photograph of the event has been seen at one time or another by nearly every school child in the United States. At the same time, bombers from carrier task forces were relentlessly shelling Chichi Jima, a small island 150 miles away that held a radio communications center for the Japanese. During a series of attacks, nine pilots--flyboys--were shot down. One who was rescued by a U.S. submarine in a nearly miraculous operation was George H.W. Bush, who went on to become President of the United States. The eight others disappeared from history. Through interviews and a long search through U.S. and Japanese archives, Bradley was able to piece together the fates of these men. They all survived the parachuting and were picked up by the Japanese. They were disabused of the idea of international rules for prisoners of war as they were beaten and otherwise maltreated by the majority of their captors. Eventually, they were executed. This book is far more than a narrowly focused tale of heroism and brutality. Bradley instead takes the opportunity of delving into the cultures that formed the protagonists on Chichi Jima, Americans and Japanese alike. The vast historical sweep of this work makes it a genuine learning experience. Bradley's reading voice sounds deceptively young, and he is a decent narrator--it's hard to imagine that a professional reader could do it better, given the nature of the story. For modern history and World War II collections.--Don Wismer, Cary Memorial Lib., Wayne, ME Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586215699
Publisher:
Hachette Audio
Publication date:
09/30/2003
Edition description:
Abridged, 10 Cassettes, 15 hours
Product dimensions:
4.12(w) x 6.25(h) x 2.62(d)
Age Range:
13 Years

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