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Flyboys: A True Story of Courage [Hardcover]

James Bradley
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30 Sep 2003
This story is about the start of a new industry in 1945 at the end of WW-2 and the problems the new start-up companies encountered. It tells in detail the history and story of one cargo company,"Coastal Cargo" that was started by 3 WW-2 pilots who were buddies during the war. It also covers some of the unbelievable happenings in the "barnstorming" years of this industry. The political problems associated with the Civil Aeronautics Board and the harassment of these companies by this government agency are documented. The brief history of the freight and "Supplemental Air Carriers," (or sometimes called the Non-Skeds) is also included.
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  • Hardcover: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st Edition edition (30 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316105848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316105842
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 673,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Bradley was born in 1967. He has twice been named as one of the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Australian Novelists and has won the Fellowship of Australian Writers Literature Award, the Kathleen Mitchell Literary Award and has been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. He is the author of a collection of poetry called Paper Nautilus and the novels Wrack, The Deep Field and The Resurrectionist. In 2008 The Resurrectionist was chosen as a Richard and Judy Summer Read, becoming a massive bestseller. James lives in Sydney

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James Bradley is the son of one of the Marines who raised the flag on Iwo Jima. He lives in New York. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Flyboys 23 Jan 2004
Format:Hardcover
James Bradley's book is an outstanding piece of historical literature, written in highly readable prose, guiding the reader through the brutality of the Pacific air campaign. Alternatively focussing on the fate and experiences of individual pilots and then stepping back to discuss the wider, strategic impact of events, he opens our eyes to the clash of cultures between the Americans and Japanese. Whilst being unapologetic about the actions of either side, he rather seeks to understand what drove individual combatants on either side to commit the acts they did. That said, Bradley is trying to balance highly readable litereary prose, written in a pseudo-fictional manner, with an attempt at portraying the facts with historical accuracy, coupled with an historians analysis of events. As such, he makes the occasional sweeping statement,in an attempt at keeping the reader enthralled, resulting in an undermining of his credibility as a serious historian. Also, although he tries hard to be balanced in his views, the balance remains (unsurprisingly) pro-American in bias. However, overall, this book provides a fascinating insight into this air war, and is particularly enlightening regarding the actions of a certain Navy flyer named George Bush. For those who know little about the Pacific War, this book is an enthralling read that is hard to put down until the last page is turned.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply wonderful! 9 Nov 2003
Format:Hardcover
This book along with its pullout sections and wonderful photos is a must for any Lennon fan. I was struck by the numbers of reproductions of Lennon memorablia that was included with the book. From lyrics to handerchiefs this book includes it all.
As well as this, there is a CD with a load of fun things on it to listen to from Mr Lennon. A bid thank-you to all who made the book and a hearty recommendation to any considering buying the book. Well worth the money!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab in Every Way!!! 7 Jan 2004
Format:Hardcover
So beautiful and totally essential for Beatles fans - like an amazing huge pop-up book for grown-ups or like those "postman" picture books where you can look at and thrill over all the little letters in the envelopes! The CD is great too and the whole package would make a fantastic present even for non-obsessives...
Cannot believe how cheap it is - possibly my favourite book that I own :o)
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5.0 out of 5 stars an extraordinary story 22 Sep 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was pleasantly surprised by how excellent this book is.

Having read James Bradley's first book, Flags of Our Fathers, I was curious to read his follow-up. But Flags is such a compelling personal story - a journey to discover what happened to his father in World War Two - that I wasn't entirely confident he could achieve the same with a subject he was less directly connected to. I needn't have worried. Flyboys is not only well-researched and truly revelatory. It's also an unusually well-balanced and sensitive attempt to get to grips with the horrors of war.

Most of us are aware of the particularly gruesome nature of the war in the Pacific. But Flyboys delves into a previously untold tale that descends into levels of atrocity and barbarism that are hard to comprehend. And this is where Bradley's writing talent really comes to the fore. He doesn't just dig up the facts and tell the story remarkably clearly. He goes much further, placing the brutality in some sort of context. It's the insight and background he places the events within that takes this book to a higher level, giving the reader a grasp and understanding of otherwise incomprehensible inhumanity.

Some American reveiwers have criticised Flyboys as unpatriotic - mainly for taking the trouble to offer a Japanese perspective on the Pacific conflict. But Bradley's credentials are hard to refute. His father, after all, was one of the flag-raisers on Iwo Jima; yet he has also travelled and studied extensively in Japan, acquiring an uncommon grasp of Japanese language, culture and history. And it's this uniquely balanced sensibility that takes Flyboys well beyond the mere unearthing of a harrowing story that it might otherwise have been.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book in every way 21 Mar 2008
Format:Hardcover
This terrific book is full of interest, sparkles with episodes from John's iconic life. The inserts are just spectacular - large numbers of superb reproductions of material from his school, concerts, promotional material etc etc etc. I loved it and everyone who has borrowed it from me has loved and enjoyed it, too. The CD included is XLNT.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book 5 Jan 2005
Format:Hardcover
This book is a must have for John Lennon fans. It comes complete with copies of some of the songs, business cards, and other memoribilia from various shows. It also comes with a cd that is of an interview with John Lennon and has a live bersion of the song Imagine. This book is more than i could ask for and even has a approval from Yoko.
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5.0 out of 5 stars IMAGINE..............A GREAT BOOK !!! 29 Oct 2003
Format:Hardcover
Just went through the whole book. This is truly
a must. Written by an authority in the field
as well a friend of John Lennon, this book is tracing
perfectly the path of our dearly missed working class hero.
I recommend it strongly. Forget about intimate details of his personal life. In reading it, we feel we was really and closely
part of the whole history.
It inspires lot of respect for a man we still love.
Thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favored books !!
I would recommend it to anyone interested in the Pacific Theatre of War (WWII). It covers a war that has not received the coverage it really deserves.
Published 8 months ago by KAST Hans U.
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging
As we have come to expect from James Bradley, a fascinating, nail-biting insight into the lives of those who flew the skies and defended our country.Excallent.
Published 14 months ago by E. Edgar-Dimmack
5.0 out of 5 stars lennon the genius we still mourn
the most interesting parts of this book are of course the reproductions such as his school report and the programme for woolton church fete in 1957 the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by cardus
5.0 out of 5 stars unexpected
Having been born in the middle of the second world war, in a Japanese comcentration camp, I have always been interested in books about that period. Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2011 by Marijcke Jongbloed
5.0 out of 5 stars Super gift
I bought this book as a Christmas present for my 23 year old son who is a big beatles fan.He loved it especially all the replica items. Read more
Published on 1 Jan 2011 by Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars an extraordinary satory
I was pleasantly surprised by how excellent this book is.

Having read James Bradley's first book, Flags of Our Fathers, I was curious to read his follow-up. Read more
Published on 22 Dec 2009 by classic 1965
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever
Cleverly collaberated into one deffinitive collection. Excellent page layouts and graphic design. Amazing life story of Lennon
Published on 15 Sep 2009 by Ms. M. S. Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Samurai Swords killed more people that Atom Bombs in WW2.
Flyboys is a book primarily about Gearge Bush's Navy flying days around Iwa Jima and its smaller sister island. Read more
Published on 13 Sep 2008 by Andrew Moules
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