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Flyboys: A True Story of Courage | [James Bradley]

Flyboys: A True Story of Courage

Flyboys is the true story of young American airmen who were shot down over Chichi Jima. Eight of these young men were captured by Japanese troops and taken prisoner. Another was rescued by an American submarine and went on to become president. The reality of what happened to the eight prisoners has remained a secret for almost 60 years.
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Flyboys is the true story of young American airmen who were shot down over Chichi Jima. Eight of these young men were captured by Japanese troops and taken prisoner. Another was rescued by an American submarine and went on to become president. The reality of what happened to the eight prisoners has remained a secret for almost 60 years.

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

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    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 07-21-12
    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 07-21-12 Member Since 2012

    I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.

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    "Distubing, Shocking and True!"

    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.

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    07-07-11
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    "Too Much Cannibalism"

    The cannibalism and the torture in this book forced me to stop reading it. It was just too gruesome to continuel;

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    Eric Covington, LA, United States 06-24-11
    Eric Covington, LA, United States 06-24-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Not as advertised"

    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.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Charles LYNDON STATION, WISCONSIN, United States 05-14-12
    Charles LYNDON STATION, WISCONSIN, United States 05-14-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "OK Book."

    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.

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    Mark Nashville, TN, United States 06-08-11
    Mark Nashville, TN, United States 06-08-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Flyboys"

    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".

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    Joanne Oliver Springs, TN, United States 02-21-11
    Joanne Oliver Springs, TN, United States 02-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    Very informative. Parts of the book is not suitable for young listeners/readers. Would recommend the book to others.

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    Bruce Lake Charles, LA, United States 05-06-12
    Bruce Lake Charles, LA, United States 05-06-12

    I live in the United Staes Minor Outlying Islands, also known as Louisiana!

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    "This book must be heard to enjoy!"
    If you could sum up Flyboys in three words, what would they be?

    Shocking, Sorrowful, Inspiring.


    What other book might you compare Flyboys to and why?

    Flags of our Fathers, because while that was happening, that was happening; who knew?!


    Which character – as performed by Author – was your favorite?

    Warren Earl.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire book moved me.


    Any additional comments?

    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!)

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Suwanee, GA, United States 03-08-12
    Chris Suwanee, GA, United States 03-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Less than impressed"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    tom sunnyvale, CA, United States 06-04-12
    tom sunnyvale, CA, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Bradley destroys story with political correctness"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book was so full of hatred for the US and all of its past "sins." For example, he tells of the horrific stories of "the white Europeans" against the native Americans, but conveniently leaves out the horrors that thoes samesaid native Americans inflicted on the European settlers AND each other!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Author?

    Yes. He sucked.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Flyboys?

    All the PC stuff.


    Any additional comments?

    Dont waste your money on this book.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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