Flyboys by James Bradley
A True Story of Courage

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The classic New York Times bestselling story of heroism and sacrifice--by the author of Flags of Our Fathers, The Imperial Cruise, and The China Mirage.

This acclaimed bestseller brilliantly illuminates a hidden piece of World War II history as it tells the harrowing true story of nine American airmen shot down in the Pacific. One of them, George H. W. Bush, was miraculously rescued. What happened to the other eight remained a secret for almost 60 years.

After the war, the American and Japanese governments conspired to cover up the shocking truth, and not even the families of the airmen were informed of what happened to their sons. Their fate remained a mystery--until now.

FLYBOYS is a tale of courage and daring, of war and death, of men and hope. It will make you proud and it will break your heart.
 

About James Bradley

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James Bradley is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Flyboys and Flags of Our Fathers and the son of one of the men who raised the American flag on Iwo Jima. He lives in New York.
 
Published September 30, 2003 by Little, Brown and Company. 562 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War, Professional & Technical, Travel, Business & Economics, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Bestselling Bradley (Flags of Our Fathers, 2001) renders due homage to the exploits of long-distance bomber crews in the Pacific campaign, and particularly the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo in 1942, the net effect of which, along with 90-odd burned buildings, was that “Japanese belief in their invincib...

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The author of Flags of Our Fathers achieves considerable but not equal success in this new Pacific War–themed history. Again he approaches the conflict fo

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More problematic is that Bradley tries to encompass not only the whole history of the Pacific War, but the whole history of the cultures of the two opposing countries that led to the racial attitudes which both sides brought to the war.

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Bradley writes that on one day alone, March 9, 1945, U.S. bombers dropped 496,000 napalm bombs (3,334,000 pounds of napalm) on Tokyo, killing close to 100,000 cilivilans--more than the individual nukes dropped on Hiroshima or Nagasaki.

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It was "the largest single-day killing in world history," Bradley writes, more even than the toll after the atomic bomb was dropped at Nagasaki.

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Book Reporter

Even the most terrible of war crimes, like what happened to eight stranded American Navy, Marine and Army Air Corps flyers on the remote Pacific island of Chichi Jima, must be understood as part of the overall wretched fabric of war.

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Entertainment Weekly

You already know what happened to one of the nine U.S. pilots shot down over the island of Chichi Jima during WWII (his name was George H.

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Large Print Reviews

In his newest book, Flyboys, Bradley chronicles the lives, and deaths, of nine American Flyboys who were shot down while on a mission to bomb a Japanese communications tower on the Pacific island of Chichi Jima.

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World War II Database

Following the saying, "The roots of one war can be found in the last war," Flyboys begins Japan's story of war with the remnants of Russo-Japanese War in 1905;

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