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  • Mass Market Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; Reissue edition (1 Jan 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553263501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553263503
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 309,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The American World War II fighter pilot tells of his daring combat missions, his experiences in Japanese prison camps, and his ten-year struggle against alcoholism. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Mar 1999
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Interesting, first person narrative, from Greg Boyington himself. No ghost writer involved. Full of personal anecdotes from his time with the AVG (Flying Tigers), VMF 214 (The Black Sheep), his time as a "Special Captive" (not a POW) of the Japanese (in my opinion the most interesting part of the book), his post-war fall from grace and descent in to acute alchoholism, and finally his redemption. Nothing politically correct about this one folks. Boyington calls them as he sees them. An absorbing first person account of an amazing time in human history. Shows that the Black Sheep weren't the collection of "screwballs & misfits" portrayed in the entertaining, yet highly fictionalized 70's TV show. Also the story of a man trying to make sense of his life. I have owned this one for over 20 years, and re-read it on a regular basis. It never gets boring. A man who's days of combat were over by the age of 31, was considered the 'old man' in his squadron, hence his famous nickname. I find it amazing that a 6 week or so period of time in this man's life defined if thereafter. Well worth having in any WW II buff's collection, or simply for fans of the TV show who are interested in learning a version closer to the truth, at least the truth as seen through the eyes of the man himself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pat on 12 Jun 2014
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A real pity this book wasn't better edited or the author better guided as he wrote it. That said i would recommend it highly. Surprisingly the last third of the book, as a POW is the most interesting and funny.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Dec 1998
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This book is one of many other aviational books i have read. This one in particular is quite interesting because he takes you from indo-China, where he flew for the Flying Tiger, and to the Solomon Islands. He is an exceptional author who has the ability to tell an story with exceptional ability. His book is great and a must read if you desire to be a well rounded aviation historian.
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Pappy's book is not a manual o a history account on airwar in Pacific during WWII. It is the "memorized" story of the real life of a group of pilots (some "very strange" pilots) in a pacific's island, during their "wargaming" with japanese Zeroes. If you search a historic, (very) boring, war in the air book read i.e. The Wild Blue of Stephen Ambrose
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