A Few Planes for China: The Birth of the Flying Tigers

A Few Planes for China: The Birth of the Flying Tigers

by Eugenie Buchan


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611688665
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 300,712
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

EUGENIE BUCHAN is an American independent historian living in London and the granddaughter of Bruce Leighton, a World War I naval aviator and international aircraft broker who played an early and crucial role in the birth of the Flying Tigers. She holds a PhD from Exeter University.

Table of Contents

Chiang’s Rotten Air Force
Burma Roads
Plane Aid
Bruce Leighton’s Guerrilla Air Corps
Business, the Chinese Way
T. V. Soong’s Mission to Washington
A Few Planes for China
Roosevelt’s Dilemma
Bombing Japan
Tomahawks for China
Robbing Churchill to Pay Chiang
The Private Military Contractor
Diplomatic Skirmishes
Reinforcing the Philippines
Favoring Currie
The Mercenary’s Contract
Recruiters and Recruited
The International Air Force
Staying on in Burma
Squabbling over Bullets
AVG Summer Camp
The Short-Term Air Program for China
Currie Gets in a Jam
Magruder’s Mission
Countdown to War

What People are Saying About This

Daniel Ford

“Eugenie Buchan has done admirable research in the British archives. Her conclusions are certain to spark a lively debate, and her book will be a great help to future historians of the American Volunteer Group.”

Richard Overy

“Careful and convincing. . . A scrupulously informed and elegantly crafted deconstruction of the standard accounts. Above all, Buchan restores to wartime China a proper historical place in a narrative that has for too long been dominated by Western versions of events. . . . Historians of the war will be in her debt for finally putting the record straight after more than seventy-five years.”

Rana Mitter

“A splendid piece ofmyth-busting history.The story of how American assistance built up China’s air force has been surrounded by many myths from both sides. . . . Eugenie Buchan shows in rigorous detail how commercial motivations and political maneuvering in the wartime era affected the growth of Chiang Kai-shek’s air force. This is a forceful and deeply researched account of an important episode in wartime history.”

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