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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FLYBOYS: A True Story of Courage

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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. 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. It will make you proud and it will break your heart. Paperbackpages.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Flyboysplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Oct 28, Joseph rated it it was amazing Recommended to Joseph by: This book literally changed my view of the world.

I was amazed, shocked, disgusted, astounded and inspired. This is one of those books that gives you a different perspective on history than the one you receive in school and it turned my perception of the world on its head in a good way. This is a bit of history that sh This book janes changed my view of the world.

This is a bit of history that should never be repeated, and therefore, should certainly be remembered. The content was gripping and although the writing style or perhaps the meticulously researched nature of the information? View all 5 comments. Lfyboys 17, Shaun rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is the first time I’ve read a book that has made me feel like I needed to take a shower afterwards.

It’s in your face graphic. If this had been a movie, I would’ve gotten up and walked out. I have almost no tolerance for violence. But, I realized this book was important. This wasn’t gratuitous violence meant to thrill and excite. This was honesty at its best When I think of W This is the first time I’ve read a book that has made me feel like I needed to take a shower afterwards. But when it comes to war, it would seem all parties involved have something to feel shameful about.

At times Flyboys made me ashamed to be an American. At other times it made me ashamed to be part of the human race, period.


Flyboys: A True Story of Courage by James D. Bradley

This General Curtis LeMay quote sums it up: But all fkyboys is immoral and if you let that bother you, you’re not a good soldier. It’s only barbarous until you do it This book made me feel so many things. Ultimately, it reinforced that while not all things are fair in love or war Was dropping the A-bomb For that matter, were the brutal napalm attacks any more humane than the A-bomb? Were the Japanese attempts to claim uncivilized China really any different than America’s campaign against the native American Indians?

Flyboys: A True Story of Courage

What makes this account which focuses on the flyboys and America’s air fleet flyboyys compelling is that Bradley seems to hold nothing back in the telling. He doesn’t decide for you Often a good book leaves you with more questions than answers and that is the kind of book this was. Excellent read, even if it was a hard one. View all 4 comments. Aug 06, Caroline rated it it was amazing Recommended to Caroline by: My ignorance about the Second World War in the Pacific was shameful, but thanks to this brilliant book that has been to a degree rectified.

It presents a marvellous overview not only of crucial events, but of the history leading up to both Japan and America’s involvement in that war.

It’s a difficult read, purely because the book contains so much about violence and human degradation, but I personally feel these are things I ought to know. In my spoiler I give a very long and thorough synopsis of My ignorance about the Second World Iames in the Pacific was shameful, but thanks to this brilliant book that has been to a degree rectified. In my spoiler I give a very long and thorough synopsis of aspects fflyboys the book that particularly interested me mostly quotes from the bookand here I just note some of my general feelings after reading it.

I have Japanese friends. I make it clear that I have respect for the Japanese now because they have changed their attitude. Like Barry, I am now convinced that any culture can be flgboys into the crazy ideas of its leaders – especially totalitarian cultures, In Japan’s case this involved a ferocious commitment to military expansionism, a savage military culture, and this combined with a will never to surrender.

The first thing I encountered when reading this book – to my surprise – was a great feeling of pity for the young men who entered and fought in the Japanese army.

An overwhelming sorrow for what they had to endure. Yes, the treatment they meted out to prisoners of war was terrible, but their own experiences in the army were terrible too.

The book showed me levels of human depravity that I hadn’t realised existed.

Man’s inhumanity to man can be truly extraordinary. Every society has people who are sadists and enjoy violence. They must be kept out of the army as much as possible, and certainly great efforts should be made to keep them out of senior army posts.

They should never be bardley in charge of soldiers. Many of the Japanese interviewed after the war showed revulsion and sorrow for acts they had committed during the war. War is a flybos terrible thing. I was also very shocked by people’s experiences of being fire bombed with napalm. It is a ferocious and cruel weapon – in this instance brradley by the Americans against the Japanese. Glyboys think this is an incredible book, very well written too, and easy to read.


I find it hard to read war books, but this had me gripped every inch of the way. Japanese prisoners of war The appalling treatment often meted out to their prisoners of war was a recent phenomena.

In the Sino-Japanese war oftheir treated their Russian prisoners very well, and adhered to international agreements governing behaviour in war. Japan in World War 1 They were on the side of the Allies.

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

Emperor Hirohito His father had mental health problems, and he was brought up instead by a retired admiral. He was enrolled at a military school at age 7. The emphasis was on military subjects. His teachers included an army general, two navy rear-admirals and four active duty lieutenant generals. At his home, the army “had a trench dug inside the crown prince’s compound, so that Hirohito could practice firing with machine guns. In the evenings, military tutors “played war-strategy games with him”.

He was constantly in the company of older military men, who encouraged flybohs to act in a military manner. General education in Japan was militaristic Hirohito was far from alone in having a martial curriculum. For decades the army had seen to it that “physical culture, military training in the public schools, and ‘military spirit education’ in general should be encouraged,” to produce “good and faithful subjects”.

The army officer-custodians of young Japanes minds had long endured rough corporal punishments in their barracks, and they transplanted their brutal treatment to the schools. Japanese soldiers Boot camp was utterly brutal.

The leaders of the army began to teach a basterdized version of ‘Bushido’ Way of the Warrior tradition, that taught a cult of death. They told soldiers they they would die for the emperor. Recruits were constantly told their lives bradleu worth nothing compared to the glorious contribution they could make to their country by dying in battle for the emperor.

It was absolutely forbidden to withdraw, surrender, or become a prisoner of tlyboys. Life for the trainee Japanese soldier The new army recruit entered a violent asylum where he was pummelled, slapped, kicked and beaten daily.

They took over large sections of the eastern area of the country, including Nanking, which spawned the famous book “The Rape of Nanking”, describing this fighting in all its savagery. Japan fed up with sanctions from the USA, started a two prong attack. The Japanese won and the British surrendered. It gave America a sense of moral ferocity that no government propaganda could have come close to matching.