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. Flyboys has ratings and reviews. Joseph said: This book literally changed my view of the world. I was amazed, shocked, disgusted, astounded. General Yoshio Tachibana’s headquarters. Dick Woellhof, Floyd Hall, Marve Mershon, Jimmy Dye, Grady York, and Warren Earl Vaughn were tied up here. 2.

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The two bombs cost 2 billion dollars and had the destructive power of a raid by and B29s respectively, but the same amount of money as was spent on the nuclear programme could have bought five times more artillery than the US had in the theatre, or one third as many more tanks flynoys several thousand more B29 bombers – all of which would have been available for use far earlier on in the war.

jamex They thought these fortresses would secure the South Pacific. Well worth what I paid for this book. Water only splattered it. Excellent background on how the Japanese mind set was developed through the years. By rotating the wheel to activate the tab caused a hollow aluminum tube about the size of your middle finger that ran back to the trim tab to rotate to operate the tab.

Plain old fire killed most of the Hiroshima victims, and Curtis had killed almost as many in Tokyo with napalm.

The Japanese built impregnable fortresses on islands like Rabaul and Truk. America’s rage bordered on the genocidal. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I heard that term flybohs the period of WWII.

Summaries and Excerpts: Flyboys : a true story of courage / James Bradley.

Bradley introduces us to these men ajmes teenaged boys and provides a detailed account of how they all wound fpyboys on the island and what happened to them there, but he also provides an intriguing summary history of how the Japanese and American cultures of that time came into being, of how it happened that Japan and America were fighting a war jsmes that time, how men at war behaved, and how their political leaders behaved. 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.

I think their attitude was greatly exacerbated by the experiences of fire bombing that the Japanese had at the hands of the Americans. He draws on primary hradley documents to highlight the obvious United States land-grab of the Mexican-American War and the slaughtering and frequent mutilation of Native Americans by people who, without compunction, would proceed to sing praises to the Christian God in houses of worship.


I wasn’t sure I wanted to finish this book because it started to make me hate, but the more I read the more it made me think. They therefore sent out bomber and fighter planes which caused havoc to the Japanese fleet of ships. An estimatedpeople would die. To be honest, when my dad first recommended this book to me and I read the covers, I thought great, more overly patriotic “America: When the war was over, the American government, along with the Japanese, covered up everything that bdadley happened on Chichi Jima.

Read it and you’ll understand why. Flyboys —if not for historical reasons, then for philosophical ones—is such a book. Usually the brafley was shorter than that. In spite of the efforts of the author to be fair to both sides, I got the impression that the Japanese were far more cruel towards the people they captured, not least because their culture had no respect whatsoever for POWs.

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Flyboys: A True Story of Courage

It was mentioned G H W Bush put the plane in a skid so the crew could more easily open the door from the bilge, i. Examples of the Japanese refusal to surrender On Attu, 2, Japanese soldiers fought to the end and just 29 became prisoners of war. It was a perfect incendiary. Japanese prisoners of war The appalling treatment often meted out to their prisoners of war was a recent braadley.

There was no surrender, and in August there followed some more terrible bombing of Japan. Knowledge of horror and survivor guilt will not be enough to prevent further acts of atrocity. Was dropping the A-bomb This is a 5 Star history if there ever was one!

I relate to Bradley’s struggle badley the book, knowing war is sometimes necessary in the continuation of life on earth, or if not necessary, certainly unpreventable, but the lack of humanity that accompanies war raises new and unanswerable moral bradoey for me as well. Is this feature helpful? The author did an amazing job with this book. Showing of reviews. Although the basic aim is to act under superior orders, individual disposition may be made in flybiys circumstances.

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And what might have been for those millions of doomed Japanese boys, abused and abandoned by their leaders? All over the islands these soldiers tried to survive by eating things like boiled grass. Everyone was urged to get out of their cities. People’s heads exploded in the heat, the liquid brains in their burst skulls bubbling an eerie fluorescence The leaders of the army began to teach a basterdized version of ‘Bushido’ Way of the Warrior tradition, that taught a cult of death.


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Our soldiers untrained and I’ll equipped for jungle warfare. We did terrible things, and Bradley talks about them – from our genocide of Native Americans to our slaughter of Filipino resistance fighters to our outright ignoring all the rules of war we condemned the Japanese for breaking.

There were several times in this book where I had to tune it out. I think revenge played no small part in the way they treated their prisoners More than that, however, Bradley also provides an insight into the thinking of several people involved in both sides of that struggle, as they look back from the viewpoint of some 60 years later.

I appreciated the pictures at the end of the book of the pilots mentioned.

Bradley writes with an interesting style, using short, terse sentences. Incredibly, Allied bullets accounted only for one third of all Japanese troop fatalities in the Pacific war. And of course I will and must give it five stars, without discussion!!! All I knew or thought I knew about Flyboys when I bought it last week off the bargain book shelf at Borders was that it was janes story of downed US aviators and their horrific treatment at the hands of their Japanese captors I’ve been reading historical non-fiction for a LONG time, and it’s rare to find a book about bradleyy threadbare a topic as World War 2 that is both informative and, at the same uames, causes one to re-examine ones perspective of those events.

I truely felt sad for the people on both sides who had been taught to hate the other si I wasn’t sure I wanted to finish this book because it started to make me hate, but the more I read the more it made me think.