Flyboys : a true story of courage / James Bradley.Material type: TextPublisher: Boston : Little, Brown, 2003Edition: 1st edDescription: 398 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cmISBN: 0316105848 (hc); 9780316105842 (hc)Subject(s): World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities -- Japan -- Chichi Island | World War, 1939-1945 -- Japan -- Chichi Island | World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, Japanese -- Biography | Chichi Island (Japan) -- History, Military -- 20th century | Air pilots, Military -- United States -- Biography | Prisoners of war -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Prisoners of war -- Japan -- Chichi Island -- History -- 20th century | War crime trials -- GuamDDC classification: 940.54/05/09528 LOC classification: D804.J3 | B73 2003
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 371-378) and index.
Declassified -- Civilize-ation -- Spirit war -- The third dimension -- The rape of China -- The ABCD encirclement -- Flyboys -- doing the impossible -- Airpower -- Yellow devils, white devils -- To the Pacific -- Carrier war -- No mans land -- No surrender -- Kichiku -- Fire war -- Enduring the unendurable -- Casualties of war.
Over the remote Pacific island of Chichi Jima, nine American flyers--Navy and Marine airmen sent to bomb Japanese communications towers there--were shot down. One of those nine was miraculously rescued by a U.S. Navy submarine. The others were captured and held by Japanese soldiers on Chichi Jima and held prisoner. Then they disappeared.
Read by the author.
Reviews provided by Syndetics
Library Journal ReviewLate 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 pilotsAflyboysAwere 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 narratorAit'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.ADon Wismer, Cary Memorial Lib., Wayne, ME (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Author notes provided by SyndeticsAuthor James Bradley is the son of Doc Bradley, one of the flagraisers. He is a writer and speaker living in Westchester County, New York.
(Publisher Provided) James Bradley was born in Wisconsin in 1954. He received a degree in East Asian history from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He worked in the corporate communications industry in the United States, Japan, England and South Africa over the next twenty years. His father, John Bradley, was one of the six men who became famous for being photographed raising the American flag on Mt. Suribachi. He wrote about the six men in his first book Flags of Our Fathers, which was adapted into a movie. His other books include Flyboys and The Imperial Cruise.
(Bowker Author Biography)