As part of the "You Wouldn't Want to..." series exploring historical people, events, and places, this book introduces the rigors and dangers of the World War II Fighter Pilot. Written in second-person, the reader is taken back to the 1930's where he/she learns about pilot school, air shows, joining the British Royal Air Force, fighter training, and actual combat. The author includes many statistics on fighter planes of the period including the British Spitfire, the American Hellcat, and the Japanese Mitsubishi Zero. Historical events during World War II, such as Pearl Harbor, the role of female pilots and Germany's surrender, are briefly mentioned. The comic-book-style illustrations and short text sidebars within each section are often humorous but fail to give readers an authentic image of life during the Second World War. A complete glossary and index at the end of the text will provide basic information for students needing facts for school reports. Reviewer: Jody Little
Ian Graham is an experienced author of illustrated nonfiction books on a wide range of topics, including aviation and spaceflight. In 25 years, he has written more than 200 books and numerous magazine articles.