|Publisher:||Grand Central Pub|
|Publish Date:||Feb 2006|
|Number of Pages:||585|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.0|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||4.22 x 1.32 x 6.8|
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.
|Spirit War||p. 29|
|The Third Dimension||p. 41|
|The Rape of China||p. 52|
|The ABCD Encirclement||p. 63|
|Doing the Impossible||p. 98|
|Yellow Devils, White Devils||p. 133|
|To the Pacific||p. 151|
|Carrier War||p. 168|
|No Mans Land||p. 181|
|No Surrender||p. 202|
|Fire War||p. 248|
|Enduring the Unendurable||p. 278|
|Casualties of War||p. 306|
|Afterword to the Paperback Edition||p. 337|
Late 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
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How can you follow up a blockbuster like Flags of Our Fathers? With a book that reveals what happened to seven U.S. airmen shot down over Chichi Jima and captured by Japanese troops, never to be seen again. An eighth airman who managed to escape happened to be named George H.W. Bush.
James Bradley's #1 bestseller Flags of Our Fathers made real the humanity and legacy of war as few books had before. Now, in Flyboys, Bradley returns to World War II and an extraordinary-and totally unknown-true story of courage. Over the remote Pacific island of Chichi Jima, nine American flyers-Navy and Marine pilots 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 by Japanese soldiers on Chichi Jima and held prisoner.
Then they disappeared. When the war was over, the American government, along with the Japanese, covered up everything that had happened on Chichi Jima. The records of a top-secret military tribunal were sealed, the lives of the eight Flyboys were erased, and the parents, brothers, sisters, and sweethearts they left behind were left to wonder. Flyboys reveals for the first time ever the extraordinary story of those men. Bradley's quest for the truth took him from dusty attics in American small towns, to untapped government archives containing classified documents, to the heart of Japan, and finally to Chichi Jima itself.
What he discovered was a mystery that dated back far before World War II-back 150 years, to America's westward expansion and Japan's first confrontation with the western world. Bradley brings into vivid focus these brave young men who went to war for their country, and through their lives he also tells the larger story of two nations in a hellish war. With no easy moralizing, Bradley presents history in all its savage complexity, including the Japanese warrior mentality that fostered inhuman brutality and the U.S. military strategy that justified attacks on millions of civilians.
And, after almost sixty years of mystery, Bradley finally reveals the fate of the eight American Flyboys, all of whom would ultimately face a moment and a decision that few of us can even imagine. Flyboys is a story of war and horror but also of friendship and honor. It is about how we die, and how we live-including the tale of the Flyboy who escaped capture, a young Navy pilot named George H. W. Bush who would one day become president of the United States. A masterpiece of historical narrative, Flyboys will change forever our understanding of the Pacific war and the very things we fight for.
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