After the war, the American and Japanese governments conspired to cover up the shocking truth. Not even the families of the airmen were informed what had happened to their sons. It has remained a mystery - until now. Critics called James Bradley's last book "the best book on battle ever written." Flyboys is even better: more ambitious, more powerful, and more moving. On the island of Chichi Jima those young men would face the ultimate test. Their story - a tale of courage and daring, of war and of death, of men and of hope - will make you proud, and it will break your heart.
©2003 James Bradley (P)2010 Hachette
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
I’d like to say that this is an uplifting story of triumph – it is not. It is a story of tragedy, irreconcilable loss and pain; of events of evil and actions that move the human heart to grief sixty plus years later. It is a reminder of how the will of the few can create atrocities to the many, and how some escape their judgment while innocents pay for their moral depravation. It is said that you have to understand history to understand the future – I am not in a position to say, but this history I cannot internalize. You will be able to comprehend its telling, to feel its impact; but to understand into your heart – you most likely cannot, I could not. Though occasionally gruesome, it is not the author’s intent embellish, nor is it the author’s intent to stir negative feelings among the Japanese and American people of today. His fair reporting of the events, of both sides, pulls at the very fabric of those interested in war history. I am both sorry to have listened and glad I did. I am sorry cannot I cannot be of greater help.
I have heard and read of the U.S. influence in foreign trade over the years and of WW II. Never have I heard the two put together. America has taken so much from the rest of the world by force and it still holds true today. Reparations can never repay the untold stories of theft.
impressive story of the lives of men that volunteered their lives to what they thought was the truth. I sit and ponder where we would be today if such a war never exsisted. if Japan would have not felt threatened, what they too would have become.
You will not find the details of this story in any American history book.
I am thankful for James Bradley's historical research for many reasons.
I pray for the countless fighting men and women of all wars. I pray as well for their families and the mothers whom have carried such a burdoned and heavy heart, some of which have died or will die without knowing the fate of their children.
I will visit Arlington National Cemetery again this year and each year that I am stationed in the Washington DC area. while I am there, I will spend some very serious time reflecting on the deaths of my brothers and sisters. May God keep you and hold you tightly.
James Bradley did it once again with this follow up to Flags of Our Fathers. Superbly written, researched, and executed!! If you have ANY interest whatsoever in WWII make this story among your first!
I live in the United Staes Minor Outlying Islands, also known as Louisiana!
Shocking, Sorrowful, Inspiring.
Flags of our Fathers, because while that was happening, that was happening; who knew?!
The entire book moved me.
Wake up America! Our military deserves better civilian leadership!!! (BOTH parties!!! ALL elected officials!!! Shape up, or PLEASE Ship OUT!!!) Men and women are dying for this idea of America. It (they) deserve our best service to the Nation not personal gain!)
This is my first written review after listening to several dozen Audible books. I was compelled to write because I thought the description for this book was misleading. If this book was truly about the 8 American fliers shot down over Chichi-Jima, this might have been a 3 or 4 star book, but it would have been only a third its length. After the short opening chapter, the remainder of the first half of the book or more was about American domestic policy and Japanese military history going back several centuries. Because the part I wanted to hear was only a small portion of the book, I felt misled and utterly disappointed. I cannot recommend the book.
I have over 400 books, and this is my first review. I can only make 3 hours into this. So far, it is a diatribe against US policy, presidents (specifically TR), and US Indian policy. I'm 3 hours in, and no flyboys, just how badly the US treated a variety of people across the globe. I can see the setup, and even the intent (which is probably partially correct), but it is pretty lowbrow to view policy from another century through 2010 glasses. This reads like a left-wing apologist bible for American actions stretching back to its founding. That is fine, but belongs in a book titled as such. If this was supposed to set the stage, it missed the mark by far. PS-I am not a far right winger political person. It is that "in your face".
I loved how fair this story was told. It's a difficult story to tell and would be easy to take a biased approach, but James Bradley is a true historian who tells every side of the story, leaving a complete picture in the end. I would say reading this book helped me have more understanding towards Japanese culture in WWII, whereas other books left me feeling a lot more negative feelings in general. Very important read.
after reading, I went to the Santa Fe national cemetery to find the grave and pay homage to three of the flyboys in this story.
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