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.
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".
The story describes WW2 and the events leading up to it from a lot of perspectives not covered in most Western history books.
In his narration the author sounds like he has a reading level between kindergarden and the first grade. He has a distracting accent that makes the recording hard to listen to. I would describe it as a French Canadian's attempt at a Boston accent.
This was not at all what I had expected. It wasn't until half way thruogh that the book became interesting or really about the flyers. If I had known now what it was about I probably wouldn't have purchased it.
Very informative. Parts of the book is not suitable for young listeners/readers. Would recommend the book to others.
The cannibalism and the torture in this book forced me to stop reading it. It was just too gruesome to continuel;
I found this book to be a disappointment. This is less of a story about WWII pilots and their experiences and more of a heavy-handed, anti-war story. While there is a place for that perspective, it was not the story about WWII pilots that I wanted and thought I was purchasing.
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