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Flyboys: A True Story of Courage Mass Market Paperback – 1 Feb 2006
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"A triumph...James Bradley has once again given us the human face of a war we thought we knew, and, in doing so, has forced us not only to rethink our history, but far more importantly, to re-feel it." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
So what is this book? It's an insight into what makes a man in distress tick as well as what makes history as a whole tick. It will open your eyes about a number of very dark episodes, not only regarding World War 2. If you have a view of Americans as being flawless knights in shining armor, then sorry, but your view of the world will probably be shattered after reading as little as the first two chapters.
The author was obviously trying to find a good balance between reliability and readability. It has to be said that some sacrifices were made in the field of the former in favor of the latter, but it is NOT a fictionalized account. It's made to be popular history.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you thought that you knew about the Pacific Theatre of War, read this book and you will realise there is always more to learn. Read morePublished on 1 Jun. 2014 by Mr bradley
I have read a lot of deeply fascinating books and this one is not only deeply fascinating but also deeply harrowing. Read morePublished on 22 May 2014 by DaveBradley
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 on 25 July 2013 by KAST Hans U.
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 on 29 Jan. 2013 by E. Edgar-Dimmack
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 morePublished on 13 Nov. 2012 by cardus
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 morePublished on 25 Mar. 2011 by Marijcke Jongbloed
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 morePublished on 1 Jan. 2011 by Dee
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
Cleverly collaberated into one deffinitive collection. Excellent page layouts and graphic design. Amazing life story of LennonPublished on 15 Sept. 2009 by Ms. M. S. Clarke
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