From Library Journal
An ace is a combat flyer who has downed at least five enemy planes. There have been many American aces, and there are many books describing their exploits. Hammel, a distinguished military historian, has interviewed 25 aces who fought in the Pacific. None of them are professional writers or historians, and their first-person accounts of their exploits are unaffected and honest. No PR hype or dry-as-dust historian's prose here. Hammel allows his flyers to tell their own stories in their own way--from Lieutenant Frank Holmes's tale of flying an obsolete P36 over Pearl Harbor on December 7th to the desperate battles of Midway and Guadalcanal to final victory over Japan. Exciting stuff aviation and World War II buffs will love. Volume 2, Aces Over Germany will be published in spring 1993. For most public libraries.- Stanley Itkin, Hillside P.L., New Hyde Park, N.Y.
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Major Michael W. Libbee U.S. Army, The Friday Review of Defense Literature
Engrossing....Aces Against Japan
is replete with individual heroism and personal feats that almost defy comprehension....Here the American aces tell their own stories with the clarity of detail and detached emotion that only those who experienced the deadly air battles and the terrifying carrier landings could relate. -- Review